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Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:49 am
by ez14.
Bigfoot wrote:This is day 20, and nothing has peeped yet. I also hear no chirping. I think they all died. I know some made it to day 10 though.
21 days is not an exact it could be anywhere from 18 to 23 if i remember correctly (dont quote me on that though)

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:45 pm
by dun
If the temp is a little low they will take longer to hatch

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:50 pm
by slick4591
I've had some take 22 days. I have also broke one at 23 only to find a live chick inside. Don't toss them yet.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:05 pm
by Bigfoot
I have broke a few, it appears something went wrong about half way through incubation. There's 35 or so eggs left in the incubator. I'll leave them in till Friday. I might give it one more try.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:02 pm
by dun
If the all died at pretty much the same point it's normally a temperature anomaly, either a high temp spike or a severe chill.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:26 am
by chicken farmer
One thing we use is an infrared ear thermometer to take embryo temperatures. Embryo temps should be about 100 degrees. Use your average embryo temps to adjust the temperature of your incubator.
I've only hatched chicks in a commercial hatchery, so I don't know anything about the incubator your using. We start our incubators at a set point of 100.3 and its lowered throughout the incubation until it reach 98.5 on day 20.
As the egg incubates it starts as endothermic and switches to being exothermic about day 15. This makes it easy to overheat eggs toward the end of incubation.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:29 am
by Bigfoot
Might have been the wrong thing to do, but I gently removed some of the air cell end of the egg. Live chicken in there, and its day 23. The shell was shockingly hard. I haven't broke the little membrane on the chick itself. Maybe my humidity was off? I don't know. I know assisted hatching usually ends bad. Anybody can speak from experience, and offer a suggestion? Not one egg has peeped on its on. A few make movements during a float test, so some are alive.
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Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:46 pm
by dun
I still think you have a termpreture problem

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:49 pm
by Bigfoot
dun wrote:I still think you have a termpreture problem


I got something wrong. Next time, I will try a second thermometer, and see if they say the same thing. The one that is in thee might be inaccurate.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:59 pm
by slick4591
At this stage I would crack them all and remove the membrane from their heads. Leave them in the shell but the trick here is to keep them from shrink wrapping while giving them a fighting chance. Spray water or add another vessel with water to raise the humidity. No danger in drowning since they should be breathing. Leave them another couple of hours to make sure they have absorbed the yolk, then decide if it's a good time to remove them from the shell. This process is pretty delicate because a little blood is not bad but lots of it will cause them to die. Wished I could offer more but this is my trial and error method.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:15 pm
by Bigfoot
slick4591 wrote:At this stage I would crack them all and remove the membrane from their heads. Leave them in the shell but the trick here is to keep them from shrink wrapping while giving them a fighting chance. Spray water or add another vessel with water to raise the humidity. No danger in drowning since they should be breathing. Leave them another couple of hours to make sure they have absorbed the yolk, then decide if it's a good time to remove them from the shell. This process is pretty delicate because a little blood is not bad but lots of it will cause them to die. Wished I could offer more but this is my trial and error method.


I will.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 2:23 pm
by Bigfoot
Peeled a little of the membrane off of that one. Appears to be an excessive amount of egg white still in there with him. It's alive though.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:09 am
by Bigfoot
Day 24
Opened the air cell end of every egg. Only 7 had one in it alive. Let em set like that a good long while. Tried the assisted hatch on 3, and only one survived. Success rate was so low, I'm leaving them alone. 3 still in egg alive.
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Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:13 am
by M-5
make sure you sterilize really good before next setting of eggs

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:18 am
by Bigfoot
M-5 wrote:make sure you sterilize really good before next setting of eggs


Stupid me put a few eggs in Monday.