Somebody tie me down!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by joebryant, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Next time I incubate eggs, once the hatching begins will somebody please tie me down or knock me out. I've been told by MissPrissy and others on here to keep my #$&^ hands off and stay out of the incubator's process and DON'T OPEN THE $^&*& THING. Also, don't just read the directions, FOLLOW them. I could've had a dozen chicks, but I ended up with six because of my worrying ... take control ... mushy "thinking"!
     
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  2. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree!
    Miss Prissy's advice of not opening the bator as you approach hatch is the most important thing to have a successful hatch.
    Fortunately we stuck to our guns from day 18 to when the chicks were dry and had no problems with stuck chicks at all.
    Good luck on your next hatch!
    Carolyn
     
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Been there and done that. Some of us don't take the advice and learn
    by doing. [​IMG] Don't be too hard on yourself, just cut off your fingers next
    time you hit day 18. [​IMG]
     
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks, Bawgock, next time I'll accept the fact that the chicks "might" hurt themselves crawling all over those eggshells and eggs. I'm just not going to watch at all until the 22nd day, i.e., what happens in the incubator, stays in the incubator. Oh, bull, I KONW I CAN'T DO THAT!
    Sounded good though.
    I need a plan! Maybe I should leave town.
     
  5. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Been there and done that. Some of us don't take the advice and learn
    by doing. [​IMG] Don't be too hard on yourself, just cut off your fingers next
    time you hit day 18. [​IMG]

    Cut off my fingers!?
    Well, alright, but wouldn't it be better to let Anne break them; then we'd all be happy, especially Anne.
     
  6. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're going to do great without cutting off any body parts!
    We call it keeping the bator in "lock down"!
    When we had chicks picking on a newly hatched chick (which makes us want to open and rescue) we tapped the lid which distracted them and also noticed they stayed calmer when the lights in the room were turned low.
    Best of luck on your next hatch!

    Carolyn
     
  7. Farm Frenzy

    Farm Frenzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I for the first time have stuck tight to the "Don't open the FREAKIN incubator" rule, and for the first time I have 11 chicks hatched and 12 pips. [​IMG]
    I'm telling you, I had to leave my house...I know it's so hard. I stand in front of my bator, flash light in tow, with my nose plastered to the glass. You have to GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE!!!!
     
  8. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well, now you know the "rules" and can hopefully follow them [​IMG] Maybe you should schedule an out of town business meeting or quick weekend away.. starting day 18!
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Ann should have slapped your hands.
     
  10. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

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    Quote:Or broke fingers [​IMG]
     

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