Yaaaahooooo! I have a pip! Day 20, Delaware Blue Hens x 7! YIPEEEEE!

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  1. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    OK, I admit to being a little over the top excited here! [​IMG]

    My first attempt at hatching Delaware Blue Hens was not very successful, I had some major humidity issues. Only 2 hatched. And they are gorgeous little hens, I think. [​IMG]

    This time, I started with 14 eggs- 4 were scrambled in shipping, 2 developed blood rings fast, and 1 is looking like it quit about day 14-16. It's still in the bator, but marked in pencil, so I know which it is.

    Today is Day 20, and one has a tiny pip! AND I can hear cheeping from the eggs! [​IMG]
    DBH eggs are small, about the same as grocery store mediums, so the day early is not a surprise. The humidity has been a little bit better this time. [​IMG]

    I have discovered that the season makes a HUGE difference. My first hatch, in March, was fabulous. The house was closed up and the central heat running made it easy to stabilize the humidity and temp. The second hatch, the weather was temperate, and it would rain heavily one day and dry out the next. The house was open, no need to heat or cool. That was a disastrous hatch for the DBH, even though the other EE cross eggs hatched very well.

    This third hatch is a bit off, but not as much as the second. The humidity has been the biggie in terms of adjusting, but the temp has remained steady.

    I am using a Hovabator Genesis 1588 with the turner. I feel that hatching in this incubator is more successful in a controlled climate. From now on, I'll only set eggs when the house is either running on central heat or AC. Hope that info helps someone! Overall, I am pleased with the incubator.

    Meanwhile, I am running around like a 16 year old with an invite to the prom! [​IMG]


    I've got a pip!!!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. giasmom

    giasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats ! We tend to learn from our mistakes, don't we.
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Yup, and I'm better at it now than I was when I was younger! [​IMG] I was such a rockhead!
     
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I wonder how many will be cockerels? Probably most of them.[​IMG]
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    [​IMG]
     
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:Just read your siggy more closely- good on you! I rescue, and I don't litter! Hope your hatch goes 100%!
     
  7. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    TWO pips! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Most chicks pip with their egg tooth. In Ranchie bator her chicks use their comb.
     
  9. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    Quote:lol, I hope you two know each other!
     
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Quote:lol, I hope you two know each other!

    Nope, never saw the old fart before! [​IMG]




    Yes, katylester, we do, and Opa LOVES to tease me, because I hatch more roos than anyone around! I am apparently a testosterone magnet! [​IMG]

    Even my other pets- I have a DH, who is obviously male, 3 large dogs all male, 3 cats, 2 of whom are male, as well as just last week I had 37 chickens, of whom 12 were roos. I was lucky and rehomed some roos, rather than sending them to freezer camp, so I now have 5-6 roos. And 7 eggs hatching as we speak!

    Maybe I should start a prayer thread for only one DBH roo! [​IMG]
     

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