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Update--New Model of Sportsman 1502--Success

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matte, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. matte

    matte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About a month ago I posted that I had received the newest model of the 1502. In the packing literature, GQF stated that this "two-fan model" was their newest design and asked for feedback after hatching. Prior to setting my first batch of eggs, I tried it out for several days. The temp was fine, but the humidity stayed significantly lower than what I am used to using...I am still guessing that this is due to the incredible air exchange with the two fans.

    With the water pan only (I have the bucket/tube on top) my first 18 days humidity stayed within one % either way of 38%. At lockdown I put in one wick, placed vertically in the middle of the pan. This brought my humidity up to 61% for the next three days.

    I had set Orpington eggs from three different BYC breeders. None of them are within 600 miles of me. All three shipments appeared to have been handled very roughly, with dented boxes. One even had a broken egg that had leaked on the others. I set them all and didn't ever look at air cells for fear of early disappointment.

    Out of these 57 eggs, I hatched 37. 35 of these eggs hatched the 21st day and within a couple hours of each other. However, the "high wind" really proved its worth two days later when I peeled and picked two barely surviving strugglers our of their shell while running under warm water. I then placed their limp, soggy bodies back into the hatching drawer. Within a few hours, they were dry, fluffy, and strong even with the internal humidity still above 60%.

    Considering the condition of the shipment, I am elated with the percent hatched and my new 1502!
     
  2. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    If you help those that would have died does that not lower the quality of the genetics? Natural selection does eliminate the weak. Or does it make any difference at all?
     
  3. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    And also... You did good on the shipping! I ordered 18 eggs online and when they arrived the box was dented and 10 of the 18 were broken
     
  4. matte

    matte Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Good question--my thoughts are this: chances are that the these two chicks are full (genetic) siblings of others that hatched fine, since I received multiple eggs from each breeder. With shipping, varying age of of the eggs, and artificial incubation conditions, I think it is just as likely that the chicks struggled due to environment and not a genetic weakness....especially considering their quick recovery. I cull my breeding flock heavily, so if the don't pan out they will be gone. If there is a weakness, eggs from these two just won't hatch for me next year.
     
  5. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Yeah... Taking all the "un-natural" hatching methods into account was not something I considered. I guess you are right... if they recovered that quickly they are probably fine.
     
  6. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the new 1502 also with my first hatch in it due the 26th. My humidity stays about 40 with just the water but spot on perfect temps. Glad to hear you had good success in yours, hope the same pans out for my hatch. I started small, only put in 24 eggs this first time.

    edited for spelling, to early in the morning here.
     
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2011
  7. RiverMan420

    RiverMan420 RIP 1963-2014

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    Quote:Missed one :)
     
  8. madamwlf

    madamwlf Nevermore Acres

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    Quote:I completely disagree. We as humans will never perfect hatching like hens do. Who is to say the ones who are having problems getting out isn't because of something we have done wrong. Humidity not right, maybe temp off. Sorry but I'll give a chick a chance if it is struggling. If it lives, then apparently it wasn't too weak after all.
     

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