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Today at 1pm is day 25. What should I do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mpcardona, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    I have not heard any chirping, no pipping. I did the water test and found three of them rocking. What next? This is my first hatch and not sure what to do next. How long is too long? I have Welsummer, Australorp, and Bovan eggs.
     
  2. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is your temp? What is the humidity?
     
  3. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    My temp has been between 97-102 for the most part. Day 1-18 humidity was around 30-35%. Lock down between 60-65% most of the time. Homemade bator with a water heater thermostat.
     
  4. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    I went ahead and opened them up. Found that for the most, I guess, my temp was too high. They didn't hatch for a reason. Their intestines were on the outside and they were shrink wrapped. I will not do the home made bator thing anymore. I don't have the time for the rebuild. I think I will just buy one.
     
  5. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry about your loss [​IMG] I really don't think your temp was too high. Mine runs about 100-101 the whole time. However, I do believe your humidity was too low for days 1-18. I keep mine about 50, then bump it up to 65-70 during lockdown.

    Good Luck on your next hatch!
     
  6. mpcardona

    mpcardona Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks smchickfarm, I was worried. Being my first incubation ever.
    I have been reflecting. Things to change, so that I can try again.

    Out of 24 eggs; two were yokers, three fully developed, two had feathers but were still small, and all the rest died between days 5-9.

    Can I post a picture of one of them, in hopes that someone can tell me if the chick looks normal? It does look like a chick, of course, but the sack on the front is what I'm questioning.
     
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2012
  7. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sure you can post pics. We all learn by seeing, watching and reading.

    I had trouble my very first hatch. You figure stuff out and try again!!! See, cause now you are addicted to it [​IMG]

    Sometimes, it just is and it isn't really anything we did. Get you some eggs and get that bator ready to again! [​IMG]
     
  8. mpcardona

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    This one was the biggest of them all. Welsummer hen and Light Brahma/Delware rooster.
    Sorry this pictures aren't great. The camera I used was a cheapy.

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    I didn't unfold all of them, but they all pretty much had bellies like this.
     
  9. 3forfree

    3forfree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At least you had something to show for you efforts, my attempt at hatching last year ended up with no developement in 24 eggs. my last hatch was 6 for 14. Don't give up. I use a styrofoam cooler and a light bulb.
     
  10. mpcardona

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    Not sure how my husband will feel about it, but I will try again. I ordered a wafer thermostat off of an incubator site, still waiting for it to come in. Then I'll refine my incubator and try again.

    I think maybe part of the problem was, I didn't take into account that I live in Southern California, where there is really no humidity. And the water heater thermostat was stable enough for me.
     

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