staggered hatch question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by abooth, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. abooth

    abooth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi guys, I am expecting some silkie eggs to arrive tomorrow. I only ordered 6+eggs. Now I am worrying about ending up with a single chick. This is only my second hatch and the first one was only a 30% hatch. So I am wondering how late after setting these 6 eggs could I add additional eggs. I am thinking of ordering more but they would be hatching on diffeent days. Any advice? I only have one bator.
     
  2. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    im doing the same thing right now
     
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I don't think you can do that in one bator. Reason being ... the humidity change at day 18 - 21. You need 2 incubators for a staggered hatch.
     
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I have staggered hatches more often than not. I have never lost a hatch.

    I am one of those rebel hatchers who doesnt use a humidity monitor, doesnt do lockdown and is opens the bator countless times on day 20 and 21 to see if I hear scratching on the inside of the egg.

    I may lose one or two eggs in every hatch of a dozen or so but thats pretty standard no matter what you do.

    Just my experience...
     
  5. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The most time I've ever had between 2 sets of eggs that I locked down at the same time was 2 days, for the reason Kathy gave. What I did with those is simply stop turning the second set a couple of days early, then I raised the humidity and watched the hatch until the second set was done. No one suffered any ill effects from that.
     
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    can you get a used bator or make one for your last 3 days? I always do staggered hatches but before I had 2 bators it was very difficult. but when I did it I split the difference and just bumped up humidity to about 60-65 and turned the eggs with a long stick with a rubber grip on the end that I could fit through the vent holes. I had to arrange the eggs that still had to be turned where they were reachable through the vent hole thouh before lock down.
     

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