The Chicken Coop forum: The Hatch Is On

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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 6, 2012 11:48 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
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I put 2 1/2 dozen eggs in the bator 22 days ago. I was so busy I didn't realize yesterday was hatch day. I was still turning the eggs and you are supposed to quit on the 18th day. I have also had problems with the temp flucuating the whole time. Last night I took the eggs out of their cartons, filled up the water wells and said goodnight to the eggs. This morning I had 2 eggs pipping. One was a blue EE egg and the other is a little tan bantam egg. I checked on them after half a day had gone by and the membrane had dried to the chicks making it hard, if not impossible, for them to get out of the shells. I know they need to struggle to an extent to build themselves up so I didn't want to just take the shells off. So I warmed a bit of water and softened the membrane up. A few minutes later the EE chick was free of it's shell. The bantam chick is still working at it. I'll keep you posted.
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ImageCajuninKy
Apr 11, 2012 7:27 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
The hatch was a bad one. All I got was the two chicks and the bantam died two days later. Raising a single chick is hard so I hatched (pardon the pun) a plan. I had a broody hen I kept having to move off the eggs so I took the lone chick down and gave it to her. Old Saphire started talking to it right away and tucked that chick under her just as slick as could be. Just one more reason I love that feisty old game hen. She doesn't lay often and when she does her white egg is not much bigger than a bantam but she still earns her keep.

I had multiple problems with this incubation. 1) I wasn't home enough to turn the eggs regularly. We were still spending the days in town at the hospital so they only got turned twice a day. 2) The temps kept flucuating for some odd reason. 3) I couldn't keep the humidity up in the bator. I was talking to a friend last night who has the same bator and he said he saw on the net where somebody had put a drinking straw into the bator through one of the vent holes on top. It went down into the well molded into the bottom of the bator and that way water could be added with out lifting the top. I may well try that. I'll still have to lift the top 3 times a day because I don't have a turner but it may still help. If I get a turner, which I'd like, I could change the straw for some O2 tubing and never have to open the bator at all. I think that would be the way to go.
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