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

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

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    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

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    How exciting! Despite all the snow spring will surely arrive!
     
  4. Lark Rise

    Lark Rise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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

    42 to go!
     
  6. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome.
    Congratulations!
     
  7. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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