Thanksgiving Hatchalong

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Chrysolinsbirds, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like a very traumatic day for everyone. So sorry about your losses. I hope the new babies and mama are doing well today.

    You may have already considered this, but is there a way you could put up a mini run around the dog house you set up for them so that they are confined to that area and safe from predators? Just a temporary set up until the babies are stronger like a couple weeks. JMHO but I think separating the babies from her would be very stressful for both mom and babies at this point. Although I understand you feel they would be safest indoors, I'm sure you would rather see your hen raise her babies as long as you can keep them in a safe area. My suggestion is if you can get a pen set up, get those silkie eggs in an incubator as soon as you can get one. with the 3 babies there for her to care for, it should snap her out of setting. Hope you get everything sorted out!
     
  2. slrose24

    slrose24 Out Of The Brooder

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    i just candled the half of the eggs i set 7 days ago and i did not seemuch of a differance in the air cells. granted i only did a single mark day one and a full outline today,so the cells may have grown other then where i put the mark....

    the cells seems low on day one so the humidity is in the 30-40% range....i will add photos later and the results of my other eggs measuments tomorrow

    what does this mean?
     
  3. Lamancha

    Lamancha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's OK if the air cells are small on day 1, That means they are really fresh. I wouldn't worry about how much they have grown from day 1, I think it's more important how they look on day 7, 14, and 18. Did you weigh them? Are you seeing veining and movement?
     
  4. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've seen, a day 1 egg will have a very small air cell. In some eggs I can't really see them day 1, some look maybe dime sized. I've seen this pic around on byc and it's what I use to kind of gauge my eggs:

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    Is this about what yours are looking like at the day 7 mark?

    Is your hygrometer calibrated? Sounds like your humidity levels are good to me. I'm also running 30-40% in my styrofoam unit with no water in it. My Brinsea on the other hand stays in the 40-50% range with no water.
     
  5. slrose24

    slrose24 Out Of The Brooder

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    this was the day 7 candling and the aircells seem unchanged from day one...on the other hand, there are more visible and do look to be inline with the picture provided below. i saw one blood line, many veins and a tad of movement
     
  6. slrose24

    slrose24 Out Of The Brooder

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    the day 7 mark looks similar to my eggs, but also similar to where they started out. my hydros are good..i run them against each other to test.now the edges of my air cells are also not smooth and even like the ones above. does that make a difference?
     
  7. rt farms

    rt farms Out Of The Brooder

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    I was notified a short time ago that finally all 29 babies are free from the shell! I'll get some pictures...there are 6 eggs left in the bator not due yet, I'm still in the hatch!
     
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  8. Laurel Meadows

    Laurel Meadows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to look back in the thread to see what you have... Local eggs from a friend's farm hopefully were nice and fresh and shouldn't have a big air cell like lamancha said. Were the cream legbars shipped eggs? Sounds like we should definitely see a picture of the eggs you have a concern with so we can help you better :)
     
  9. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

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    Congrats! Looking forward to pictures! [​IMG]
     
  10. rt farms

    rt farms Out Of The Brooder

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    Little egger plymoth x [​IMG]mr. Puffy cheeks
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