We appear to have pulled off our first staggered hatch...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ninjapoodles, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    ...even with a several-hour power failure! [​IMG] Yep, I accidentally unplugged the incubator instead of the egg-turner yesterday. By the time I realized what I'd done, the temp was down to 74. I thought I'd surely killed them all, because the eggs were stone cold. You coulda knocked me over with a chicken-feather when eggs started hatching today, Day 19.

    I set one batch of eggs 4 weeks ago, and added another batch to the same incubator 8 days later. 9 chicks hatched from the first group last week, and so far I have 4 hatched and three more pipped from the second group tonight (Day 19 for them).

    I kept the humidity between 25-35% until Group #1's Day 18, then raised it to between 45-55% until the first hatch was complete. Candled at that point, and all of the Group #2 eggs were alive and kicking, so put them back in and backed the humidity back down until yesterday, which is also when I managed to unplug the incubator for several hours. [​IMG]

    So I have no idea what to expect from this second batch, but at least I didn't kill them all! I wish I hadn't screwed up, because now if I don't get a good hatch rate, I won't be sure what went wrong. I was trying to see how successful I could be doing a staggered hatch.

    OH--how I handled the actual first hatching, from suggestions from BYCers in an earlier thread: I took out the entire egg-turner rack, removed the eggs that were due to hatch and put them in a carton (with extras just on the wire). Hubby popped out half of the turner racks, and I replaced the turner, and put the cartons on the other side of the incubator. I put a cardboard divider down the middle to keep hatching chicks out of the turner, and I also popped them into a brooder as soon as they dried.
  2. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    Yay you, way to go. [​IMG]
  3. william9792

    william9792 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    [​IMG] wheres the pics, want to see them fuzzy butts
  4. ninjapoodles

    ninjapoodles Sees What You Did There

    May 24, 2008
    Central Arkansas
    Quote:Will do! (My Flickr contacts are getting SO sick of chicken pictures!) [​IMG]
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Awesome job, Ninja!!! [​IMG]
  6. Woo hoo Ninja!! Way to go! I had a staggered hatch too! First group hatched last Tuesday, second group is pipping tonight! [​IMG]
  7. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
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    Yay Ninja!!!
    Waiting on those pictures [​IMG]

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