What day and what to do now?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kellim, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted a few days ago about eggs that I had to take from our broody hen. She got spooked by a opossum and would go back to them. We have them in our incubator but of all the things in the world to happen, we don't know what day we are on! [​IMG] When we took them we figured there was only a day or two left but we were WRONG!!! [​IMG] We have 2 eggs that the possum didn't get and to make the story even crazier the eggs were from 2 different hens laid at 2 different times!!! They look to be about a week apart!!! I have strange chickens. I candled the eggs last night and we have BIG Beautiful Veins and lots of baby chick in both eggs with lots of movement. [​IMG] I have never incubated eggs so we are new at that part, though not new to chickens at all. Our friend at the local feed and seed store has answered some questions, he has been a huge help, though since I am not sure what day we are on, how in creation do I know when to increase humidity and do the preparations for hatching? I have the eggs in the incubator, on their side in believe it or not, a deviled egg serving dish to keep them from rolling into each other. [​IMG] HELP!
     
  2. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you make notes on the eggs when U candled are they numbered if not that is what I would do. When U did candle was there a great difference in the development of the eggs? You will have to know? At last resort you can just leave them like they are and turn them all everyday until they all hatch and when they start to pip raise the humidity. [​IMG]
     
  3. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, when I candled there looked to be about a weeks difference in the size of the chicks.
     
  4. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its going to be a guessing game looks like. Just keep the humidity around 45-50% then U will have to raise it when they start piping then after they hatch and dry off some take them out and get them under a lamp of around 95* and drop the humidity back down in the bator for the other eggs. Then you will have to start again, until the second bunch starts piping. Two different hatches are hard to do in one incubator but you can. The unknown dates of the eggs is whats going to make it hard. Best of luck! [​IMG]
     
  5. kellim

    kellim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! I will try that. I really need to get a second bator!!!
     
  6. Eggseronious

    Eggseronious Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes the 2nd bator does come in handy for things like this if nothing else. make notes they will help U out later.
     

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