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Woke up to 3 new chicks! **update**

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by midget_farms, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    So yesterday several eggs pipped. I sent to bed at about 11pm & got up at 6am.

    When I woke up there were 2 dry ones, & 1 sitting in his shell.

    I have several more pipped & working their way out.

    Unfortunately I'm at work & can't watch it happen.

    Sorry - no pics yet -maybe this evening.

    None of my welsummers have pipped though I saw one bouncing around.
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011

  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have three new hatchlings this morning, too. [​IMG]
  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    How exciting! Despite all the snow spring will surely arrive!
  4. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Songster

    Jan 22, 2011
    East Central Georgia
    Ours hatched last Friday. It was so exciting! Getting more eggs next Friday...can't wait. I'm officially addicted.
  5. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Just got a text - 3 more have hatched!

    42 to go!
  6. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Songster

    Oct 21, 2010
    Boise, ID
  7. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    OK - so I now have 11 in the brooder! 10 black australorps & 1 welsummer!

    I lost a welsummer sometime last night - it fell out of its egg & into a water dish I had in there for humidity. Totally my fault I meant to remove it last night the next time I opened it, but I never opened it again because the chick didn't dry off before 11:30.

    In any case - I have 1 more just hatched that was kind of shrink wrapped due to us taking all the other chicks out. I think I'll just leave them in there for 2 days next time.

    & I have 3 more pips.

    So - I had set 58 eggs - all shipped - all super cold when they got here.

    I culled 10 early

    that leaves 48 to get to lock down.
    12 of those are out

    leaving 36 - but one died accidently

    so 35 to go.

    I will be tickled if I can eek out another dozen - but its day 22 & there are so many that havent pipped yet.

    One of my wellie eggs was rocking & rolling two days ago - but didn't pip. Not sure about that -

    In any case - I only opened it to pull out chicks & I added hot water to just about everything each time I did open to control H.

    Since this is my home made bator - I'm going to come up with an improvement. Some sort of vaporizor/nebulizer to increase h in a hurry.

    Anyway - Off to work

    Wish the remaining chicks luck!

  8. midget_farms

    midget_farms Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Up to 13 hatched (alive) now!

    I had 3 or 4 more pips when I left for work this morning. Lets hope I go home to a bunch more.

    I need to double that number to reach my 50% hatch rate goal.

    I'm impressed so far with how the incubator has worked - but I'm finding I want to make some adjustments.

    1) My turner handle needs to have a T on it so it's easier to turn.
    2) I need better water / humidity control for lock down. It worked perfectly for incubation - but I'm not getting it as high as I want for lock down.
    Right now I have 2 large 6x9 water pans each with a large sponge - this keeps the H at between 40 & 50%. I need 2 more so I can really get it up to 60 to 65%.

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