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When in Doubt get the Stethoscope Out!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AllenWMiller, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. AllenWMiller

    AllenWMiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I was a commercial poultry-man and hatchery I never thought much about checking eggs beyond standard candling periods. This was due to volume in the hatchery and a need to maintain standardized times and practices.

    Now working to preserve heritage, rare and endangered species I find my methods and thinking processes far different since every chick becomes precious and important to preserve the breed.

    A decade ago I started using a physician's stethoscope to listen to all eggs that go past 21 days to determine if the chick is still alive and act according to help the chick out if necessary.

    I purchased a professional high quality tool with soft rubber v cones instead of the typical flat receiver we all know from the doctor's office. The v cone was designed for checking infants and pregnant mothers since the heartbeat is more faint. The rubber allows a tight seal around the egg and provides a more clear sound.

    Now you can purchase a stethoscope in most drug stores today for under $20. I would imagine this would work fine too and perhaps using a little hot glue around the edge of the stethoscope would make a better seal against the egg if it doesn't work on the flat.

    Cheers!
     
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012
  2. LaurenV

    LaurenV Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WOW!! I have never thought about that! That is really cool!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. True Grit

    True Grit Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would be interested to hear what breeds you have. [​IMG]
     
  4. AllenWMiller

    AllenWMiller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello TrueGrit. I've 12 breeds I've been working on and am currently working with White Jersey Giants. I have another string about Jersey Giants generally. Since White Giants are my current concern I am working with Blacks predominately in an attempt to strenghten the White strain and improve their genetics back to its 1950's APA Standards. as stated in my other string on Jersey Giants, I would appreciate anyone with Jersey Giants contacting me or responding to my string below:


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/622237/white-jersey-giants#post_8287451

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012

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