They are hatching!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ISayWhatThe, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. ISayWhatThe

    ISayWhatThe In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2013
    I'm a noob as they say and 22 days ago I bought twelve cochin eggs and put them in an incubator. As it's been 22 days I was despondent that there was no action, but, they're here! Two anyway, chirping away in a way that makes me want to respond? From what I have read I will leave them alone until all that will hatch, hatch. The little chirp is a bit pleading though!

    I'm thrilled, I have a gambling problem and this is the first morning I haven't wondered what I was going to bet on. What a great feeling.

    I think the magpies can hear them, there was one looking through the window. Sinister caroling monster!

    I've got a 60watt bulb for the brooder, it's just clear, I've read lots of different opinions on if it should be red or it doesn't really matter?

    Thanks . .

  2. granny hatchet

    granny hatchet Tastes like chicken Premium Member

    Sep 26, 2013
    madison Indiana
    [​IMG] a red light is for those that like to pick on the others, as long as its 90 degrees it doesnt really matter what color it is right will go down in temp 5 degrees a week untill its warm out or fully feathered ending up at a comfortable temp for them.they need to be able to get closer or farther away as they want to the light. 22 days is not abnormal for the eggs, they still have time to hatch for a couple more days but, you will need to move them to the brooder after about 8 hrs. so they dont dehydrate. you will have more, i bet ya!
  3. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    Welcome and enjoy BYC!
    Steve :frow

  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome to BYC! Congratulations on your hatch, cochin chicks are adorable. I usually take hatched chicks out of the incubator once a day or so, some people do go two or three days until most everybody who is going to has hatched. X2 that red light seems to keep them calmer in general and helps prevent them picking on each other if that does ever become a problem, they also make ceramic heat bulbs that don't emit light.
  5. cluckcluckgirl

    cluckcluckgirl Queen of the Coop 6 Years

    Jun 16, 2012
    Tending to my chickens
    [​IMG] While a red heat lamp is recommended, I have used clear heat lamps and they seem to do just fine, but it can depend on the flock.[​IMG]
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member 8 Years

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture

  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC!
  8. ISayWhatThe

    ISayWhatThe In the Brooder

    Nov 20, 2013
    Thanks for the advice and the welcome, I can see how involved a person can get, the other eggs aren't doing much but I can see a few peep or pip marks on the shells so they must be doing something, but it has been 24hours since the first two hatched, talk about fretting! I know I must leave them, but you worry don't you! The first two are up and about and pecking away at everything, each other mostly. Then falling asleep as they stand, I think they see my hand is their mum, whenever I put it in the brood box they cheep! cheep! and run at it.


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