"Springing in the Chicks" 2016 April Hatch-a-Long Hosted by Mike & Sally

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Sally Sunshine, Mar 3, 2016.

  1. Coreenelane

    Coreenelane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 22, 2016
    Ok, I am new and ready to learn. My incubator made by grandson and class mate will be free to set more eggs around April 10th. Right now eggs are being incubated for a science project that both boys are working on. The second clutch is in a large dog crate in the class mates garage. The hen was given 6 eggs from other chickens and showed signs of broodiness before the science project started. The next day she laid an egg and pushed out 3 of the original eggs. Next day she laid another and is sitting on them. Hope to learn a lot and incubate more eggs. Grandkids showing chickens in 4-H and selling eggs. Hens are paying for the feed and I want to breed and sell chickens. Candled some Sultun eggs today and so far so good. Trying to separate silkis and Sultuns so I don't have any cross breading. I think my silkis are starting to lay but not sure. I am finding very light cream small eggs but I thought I read somewhere that they laid peewee size eggs. Once I get them separated I'll know for sure. I find these forums so educational.
  2. Brittsplace

    Brittsplace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2015
    ummmm okay so I ended up going ahead and setting some eggs tonight. SO I set 8 welsummer crosses and 2 EE
  3. speney

    speney Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2015
    don't worry it will slow way down on day 20 good luck!
  4. heatherledet

    heatherledet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2016
    Good morning! I have a quick question. Is there a way to help hold the humidity level for a longer period of time(more than a few hours) ? Im having trouble. This is only our 2nd try. The first time I had to keep opening the bator to refil the water channels,not Durning lockdown though. Anyway one one egg did pip on day 22 but never hatched and I'm guessing the others drowned because of poor knowledge on our part(I'm guessing?!?). This time I have a humidifier in the room and a sponge on a plate beneath a vent hole which allows for adding water with a dropper. I'm staying 35-55%. Thats good right? It is a farm innovators pro 4200 model. Oh in my intro post I didnt even mention the eggs. We have 7 oegb eggs and 6 standard size barnyard mix game eggs. Still fairly new to everything so please feel free to give pointers. I was going to try "dry" and NOT worry about the level but my brain can not. On a good note all of the 20 other baby chicks we have are growing up so lovely! I guess you could say beside the Phoenix and OEGB we have a bunch of muts lol. We have a bunch of mixes and the "EE's"(kind of muts too i guess) But it's okay we love them all
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
  5. campingshaws

    campingshaws Flock Master Premium Member

    Aug 9, 2014
    Southwest Louisiana
    Good morning! :frow I have some handy humidity info for you. :D
    [quote url="https://www.backyardchickens.com/content/type/61/id/7256474/"]
    [COLOR=FF0000]The Air Bubble in the Egg[/COLOR]​
    The average chicken egg has thousands of pores running through the shell allowing the embryo to exchange oxygen, carbon dioxide. and water. Soon after an egg is laid, a small air bubble or “air cell” forms in the large end of the egg from this water loss. Humidity levels in the incubator determine moisture evaporation during the 21 days of incubation and hatching. The air cell is crucial for the chick to break out of the egg shell at the end of the incubation period. The chick can drown if the air cell is too small or the chick may be retarded in growth if the air cell is too large. This is why maintaining the proper humidity is crucial. [COLOR=FF0000]Slightly lower humidity levels are more likely to be less disastrous than slightly higher humidity levels.[/COLOR] There are quite a few opinions on Humidity, but it is no set number.​
    Humidity is [COLOR=FF0000]NOT A SET NUMBER, you need it YES![/COLOR]​
    However, you use it as a tool to "adjust" egg weight loss during incubation. [COLOR=FF0000]We candle on days 7,10,14,18 To WATCH WEIGHT LOSS IN EVERY EGG! [COLOR=FF0000] An EGG MUST[/COLOR] lose approximately 13-14% of its weight[/COLOR] during the incubation process. THIS IS YOUR GOAL!! You can monitor this by marking Air cells and also by weighing. Please refer to CANDLING section of this Article for more Air Cell info.​
    Size of air cell on day 7, 14, and 18 of incubation​

    I choose the easier method, keeping a close eye on air cell growth during incubation. You begin by ONLY adding a small amount of water and keep Humidity between 20%-30% and adjusting as you weigh or candle depending on moisture loss. IN SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY YOU MAY NOT NEED TO ADD ANY WATER! USE IT AS A TOOL FOR THE CORRECT WEIGHT LOSS IN THE EGG! So if your air cells look too large at each candle period you must add some humidity, too small air cell lower it, and if your weighing you adjust as needed. UNTIL DAY 18 LOCKDOWN,​
    then stop turning and raise humidity to 65-70%​
    Views of Day 18 Candle.....​
    [/quote] [/quote]
  6. firedragon1982

    firedragon1982 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 9, 2015
    My turn has come up with the silkie breeder as well, my husband agreed to let me get a dozen eggs, should arrive Mon or Tues. Guess I'll need to add another couple of rails to my turner...
  7. shahtir101

    shahtir101 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 11, 2015
    I just go a pair of silkied seramas, so that means I will be setting silkied serama eggs.
  8. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    [​IMG] hi canadachickens! Glad you decided to join us here!

    Hello! Sounds like you have wonderful grandkids.

    Here are some helpful and educationak links:

    Great! Good luck!
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  9. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    I would try to stay at about 35% to start, then adjust based on air cell size. You really shouldn't have to add water every few hours. Water should only needed to be added every few days or so. Can you post any pictures of the set up and maybe we can figure out what is wrong.
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  10. mlm Mike

    mlm Mike Sunna and Mani Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 14, 2010
    Hardy Township, OH
    Great! [​IMG]


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