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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by renk777, May 26, 2017.

  1. renk777

    renk777 Songster

    Apr 28, 2017
    East Coast, NJ
    Thought I'd posted on here before but perhaps not. Regardless, I'm on the East Coast in Monmouth County, NJ. We adopted 11 Golden Comets earlier this year from my inlaws who were leaving for a 3 month trip and then added another 11 Red Stars for our neighbor to our flock. Not long after, we took on a 1 year old Phoenix hybrid roo whom I loved more than anything. He was such a good boy. Sadly, we had a deluge of rain these past weeks and some high temps and suddenly got hit with what we suspect was a coccidiosis outbreak. We lost our roo first but had no clue what happened. He seemed fine the day before and the next morning, lying in his coop. No predators had access and the hens were fine for over a week until we lost a few within a 24 hour period and realized what was going on. Meds wouldn't arrive for 2 days so I laced all of their water with oregano oil, colloidal silver, GSE, and ACV. I also laced their strawberries and frozen blueberries with GSE. After that, we didn't lose any more fluff-butts. But still, I was heartbroken. So now we're down to 19 fluffers. My inlaws will probably take back 6 of their girls and we're adopting 2 roos to replace my beloved Elliott. Eli (who looks very similar to him) can be seen in my avatar <3 He's a silver Braekel. His buddy is Jasper, a black copper maran. I know there are no guarantees that they'll always get along but right now, they're pretty tight and sleep all cuddled up together with Eli trying to get under Jasper's wing <3 And with a flock of 20 hens, I'm hoping there's enough estrogen to go around and keep them so busy, they don't have time to quarrel. Anyway, I'm the crazy girl who had eggs incubating in her shirt a while back. I lost a couple around the 10 to 11 day mark. One I accidentally dropped and the other was a double yolker. I replaced them and had a similar experience the 2nd time around only this time, the one single just stopped moving and I placed the double and the other single in an incubator and added a handful more over the course of the next week because I was feeling broody. I believe it was all the movement that didn't allow the first single to progress further. Initially, the idea was just to see if I could hatch some in my shirt and also determine if Elliott's offspring would be decent layers. I had planned to have him with me for many years. But once we lost him, these eggs became WAY more sentimental to me. We're currently on day 22 or 23 for the 2 that were in my shirt, day 20 for a few others, and a handful of younger ones as well. So far, no pipping. I'm beside myself with worry since one is a double yolker. I know it's not my place to assist the eggs unless/until there's no progress by day 25...but what about the double yolker? At what point do I intervene? When do I candle to ensure life? It started out in my shirt with a lower temp so do I wait until day 23? 25? 27? When do I do the float test? When do I externally pip the air sac to possibly save one...if not both? From what I read, the double is doomed unless I intervene within a very small window of time. And I'm a newbie and while my gut is usually pretty spot on and I don't think it's time yet, when the intuition strikes, it'd be great if it lines up with any of your advice! I'ma twin and I had twins so if these twins make it...especially being my late roos offspring...they'll be pretty special! <3
  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
    Have you candled the eggs at all, in the beginning to see if they started to develop?
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  3. renk777

    renk777 Songster

    Apr 28, 2017
    East Coast, NJ
    Yes, I've candled throughout...stopping on day 18 for lockdown. Unfortunately, I only have one bator so I still need to turn the younger eggs. I've got it down to where I raise temps and humidity to 102/70% and quickly open the lid to turn the younger eggs. Temp dips to 99 and humidity down to around 59-60% but climbs immediately. It's a small DIY bator. I planned to candle the double tonight against typical recommendations just because it's a double. But it's a dark egg so besides the air sac, I doubt I'll see much. Up until day 18, both embryos were moving apart from one another so I doubt they're conjoined. Just found a thread on here where the advice is to intervene late day 19 or early day 20 which would have been yesterday. But due to power outages with bator for a total of about 7 hours (yes, they both were moving after both!), I'm thinking I might still be okay if I intervene stat. 3 small children and cats and dogs and dinner cooking makes me think I'll do the best job tonight after all are in bed...though I'm taking a gamble and it might already be too late. Worried about tackling it now. Thinking I'll work under the infrared lamp on a small table lined with a towel...I'll make a coconut oil/colloidal silver mix to act as a antibacterial moisturizer for the membrane to keep it moist under the lamp. It seems I need to have wet paper towels and saran wrap on hand in the event the yolks haven't been absorbed when I remove the shell but (hopefully!) not the membrane. From what I've read and watched, I need blunt tweezers to initially create one pip on the pointy end and another by the air sac...and then to use tweezers to slowly remove shell while constantly moistening the membrane and avoiding tearing anything near a vessel. Groan. So scared! Don't want to harm them but it seems getting involved might be their only chance. If they aren't ready to come out, I guess i wrap remaining egg with wet paper towels and saran wrap with their beaks exposed until their ready to push out. Sound okay?
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    You may want to post on the hatching threads, where experienced folks will chime in. I'm sorry have never hatched any.
  5. hatchichickens

    hatchichickens Songster

    Feb 12, 2017
    Fieldbrook, California
    There's some good information about hatching here. I would definitely inquire on that thread, it's still active. Next time you might try putting some blankets around the incubator, or putting it inside of a styrofoam cooler for insulation. Make sure you are not covering up air holes to the incubator with the blanket, and if you are using a cooler put holes in it, or leave the top ajar so fresh air is still able to get in. I have a small incubator also and was having trouble with the temps until I insulated it with blankets. It also helps keep some of the warmth in during power outages.
    "Embryos have survived at temperatures below 90°F for up to 18 hours. You should continue to incubate the eggs after the outage; then candle them 4 to 6 days later to check for further development or signs of life. If, after 6 days, you do not see life or development in any of the eggs, then terminate incubation. Most of the time, a power outage will delay hatching by a few days and decrease the hatchability to 40-50 percent. "​
    excerpt from
    Best of luck with your hatchlings.

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