Too Early for Feb Hatch-A-Long Thread??

pozees2

Chirping
Feb 12, 2020
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Locked down a day early. Hatch should be on Wednesday. Of course it will be on a day I am running mom around to doctors and for tests 2.5 hours away from home. out of 15 eggs, 2 were removed on day 8 when I candled. Unlike most of you, I only candle at most twice with the last candling being done on lockdown. A lot of times I only candle on day 18 for shipped eggs. The less handling the better for my hatch results my records indicate as I hatch at high altitude. I also normally run humidity near 70% for teh first week then bring it down to around 50% until lockdown. I find my air cells are pretty close to where they need to be doing this. The first week I incubate shipped eggs pointy end down in a constant motion turner, then switch them to the Nurture Right for the last and I have found that no matter the outcome, my air cells have always returned to where they should be and as the vein web grows, it fixes the air cell in its proper place.

This hatch humidity has been a nightmare to keep constant and instead of refilling the ports once a day, it has been more like 5 or six times a day. I will be glad when this hatch is over.
Can you tell me more about a constant motion turner? I hatch at 5400 ft of elevation and while my own eggs do okay, shipped eggs I've all but given up on because of poor outcomes. I did have 10 of 12 shipped Cochin eggs hatch a year and a half ago, but I'm nearly certain it's because the post office messed up and got them here in 24 hours and I set them right away LOL. I will have to try the humidity modification you mentioned, never thought of doing that.
 

wolfwalker

Songster
Dec 21, 2018
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Cochise county Arizona
Can you tell me more about a constant motion turner? I hatch at 5400 ft of elevation and while my own eggs do okay, shipped eggs I've all but given up on because of poor outcomes. I did have 10 of 12 shipped Cochin eggs hatch a year and a half ago, but I'm nearly certain it's because the post office messed up and got them here in 24 hours and I set them right away LOL. I will have to try the humidity modification you mentioned, never thought of doing that.
Your only 75 feet higher than me :)

Here is the turner https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Innovat...rs+Automatic+Egg+Turner&qid=1581906206&sr=8-2

it moves from one side to another in 4 hours, never stops just continues. After using this for 4 months now, I've found it repairs, so to speak, air cells on shipped eggs every time.

I use it in a hova-bator. Which I hate with a passion, so I will not incubate past 10 days in the damn thing. Bought it to use as a hatcher and will never do that again. The dang thing can go to all channels full of water and 80% humidity to 19 percent overnight and even if you catch it, it still will shrink wrap chicks and kill them as at altitude they are at the most critical point humidity wise.
 

pozees2

Chirping
Feb 12, 2020
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Pueblo, CO
Your only 75 feet higher than me :)

Here is the turner https://www.amazon.com/Farm-Innovat...rs+Automatic+Egg+Turner&qid=1581906206&sr=8-2

it moves from one side to another in 4 hours, never stops just continues. After using this for 4 months now, I've found it repairs, so to speak, air cells on shipped eggs every time.

I use it in a hova-bator. Which I hate with a passion, so I will not incubate past 10 days in the damn thing. Bought it to use as a hatcher and will never do that again. The dang thing can go to all channels full of water and 80% humidity to 19 percent overnight and even if you catch it, it still will shrink wrap chicks and kill them as at altitude they are at the most critical point humidity wise.
Interesting. I had two F.I incubators with those turners and had little luck, also tried them in the hova-bator, with which I share your frustration, ran a GQF cabinet for a few years with better luck but still not great on shipped eggs. Last year I sold it and the backup and went to smaller tabletop RComs; they have quite a range of turning settings, but the eggs are on their sides, which seems more natural to me, and I've had decent hatches in them. Have not tried shipped eggs in them yet but overall I've been pleased with how well they hold temp and humidity. I have a little Brinsea mini I've used just as a hatcher when I've had smaller sequential settings to keep hatching mess out of the main incubators, and it's done fine for that, would probably be fine for an entire hatch I just haven't used it for that, it's so dry here I have to fill the water reservoir every day, where the RComs can go the better part of a week early on.

Now I want to try shipped eggs in the RComs with your tweaks on humidity and turning and see if it improves my success. Do you have humidity at 70% the first week for all eggs or just shipped?
 

Loveak9

Songster
Sep 1, 2018
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South Central Wisconsin
Hi all!
Here is our candling of our first ever incubation. It is day 9 and I am a nervous Nelly.
We have 3 (out of 11) for sure that are lively moving embryos(not pictured). Here are a few questionable ones.
Labeled 1-6 with color/original (c) & black &white filter (b/w). They are English orpington eggs, so not crazy dark.
One has a crack I think so we painted it with nail polish. It wasn't there 3 day ago🙁.

I am wondering if anyone one can give me feedback on the ones pictured. If you think they are alive, quitters, bloodrings, etc.

Thank in advance! Can't wait to learn more.
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Mylied

Crowing
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Mar 12, 2012
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Hi all!
Here is our candling of our first ever incubation. It is day 9 and I am a nervous Nelly.
We have 3 (out of 11) for sure that are lively moving embryos(not pictured). Here are a few questionable ones.
Labeled 1-6 with color/original (c) & black &white filter (b/w). They are English orpington eggs, so not crazy dark.
One has a crack I think so we painted it with nail polish. It wasn't there 3 day ago🙁.

I am wondering if anyone one can give me feedback on the ones pictured. If you think they are alive, quitters, bloodrings, etc.

Thank in advance! Can't wait to learn more.
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3 and 5 look clear. I see veining in the others. I'd leave them all in until day 14 and recheck.
 

LynnaePB

Crowing
Mar 30, 2019
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Hi all!
Here is our candling of our first ever incubation. It is day 9 and I am a nervous Nelly.
We have 3 (out of 11) for sure that are lively moving embryos(not pictured). Here are a few questionable ones.
Labeled 1-6 with color/original (c) & black &white filter (b/w). They are English orpington eggs, so not crazy dark.
One has a crack I think so we painted it with nail polish. It wasn't there 3 day ago🙁.

I am wondering if anyone one can give me feedback on the ones pictured. If you think they are alive, quitters, bloodrings, etc.

Thank in advance! Can't wait to learn more.
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Those look like they are probably early quitters to me (I'm seeing what looks like a blood ring in all of them). Number 1 looks the most promising though. What looks kind of like a blood ring may be a large blood vessel. It looks less developed than a day 9 egg but I've heard of eggs being behind the others in development, I've seen it once myself. I'd definitely leave them in longer like Mylied suggested as it can be hard to judge from pictures (the blood vessels in my eggs are tough to photograph, it always looks so much clearer in person). I hope I'm wrong and you get some babies out of those! :fl

Good luck with your 3 that are definitely looking good, I hope they all hang in there and hatch for you! :)
 
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