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Becki



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 11 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have 5 ducklings and another 12 eggs in the incubator. I could do this all year round, they are sooooooooo cute

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

CIG chicks???

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

SandraR wrote:
CIG chicks???

10 out so far

1 cuckoo marans, 1 of Alvins welsummers and the rest barnevelders.

I'm now, as i always do, regretting mixing breeds as they clearly hatch at different rates, and the humidity changes could mess things up.....

SandraR



Joined: 22 Oct 2006
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Location: Devon
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Well done sounding good. How many to go? Barnevelders are doing well

Your humidity should be fine.

chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I'm really pleased with how quickly the barnevelders hatch - they seem to shoot out of the shells. They are being fed on the wheat-and-peas diet adlib and also free-ranging - it seems to be working.

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

lemme see - i set 34, removed 8 blanks. 10 out leaves..
*counts on fingers*
16 left

re marans - some of the eggs were so dark it ws impossible to candle them

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Chez wrote:
I'm really pleased with how quickly the barnevelders hatch - they seem to shoot out of the shells. They are being fed on the wheat-and-peas diet adlib and also free-ranging - it seems to be working.


yes - they don't mess about do they?

chez



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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Were they Sue's? They are REALLY dark, aren't they? Lovely!

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Chez wrote:
Were they Sue's? They are REALLY dark, aren't they? Lovely!

yup
beeeeaautiful eggs. but i think i read somewhere they are harder to hatch..? so hope i have not messed things up by having those dang fast hatching barnies in with them

chez



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Keep the humidity up.

I am SO smug about my hatching set-up ... I've revamped an old still air incy that had a broken thermostat as a hatcher and it's working really well. I take them out of the incy, that I am running at an average of 30%, on day 18. Then stick them in at humidity 45%. When they start to pip I up it to 65% and it is working really well. It takes about forty eight hours for them all to hatch; but there are very few who don't make it and actual hatching time per chick seems quite fast. My humidity settings are a bit random; but HIGH seems to be the main thing - and it's much easier to maintain it in the still air one.

I can't remember if I've said this before. Sicknote's advice, anyway.

Bodger



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Funnily enough, the consensus of opinion seems to be that humidity in the UK has altered so much, as to make some of the instructions that come with incubators out of date. Humidity has risen to such an extent that some folks i know, don't put water in their machines until right near the end. I don't put water in until around the eighteenth day. I haven't had the problem myself, but if your humidity is to high, then you get something called 'sticky chicks' which leads to poor hatching. Has anyone experienced this problem?

sicknote



Joined: 26 Oct 2009
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Location: Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We had this problem last year, didn't use a Hygrometer and did what we have always done, 1 chamber upto 18 days and 2 chambers until all hatched. Some of the chicks looked like they were covered in jelly and some just drowned.

We have changed this year to the settings Chez has mentioned and bar the eggs that are clear or die early on our hatches have been very good, the chicks hatch quickly (which I think makes a big difference) and even though we were hatching in January the chicks are strong.

darkbrowneggs



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Location: Worcestershire
PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 11 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

colour it green wrote:
Chez wrote:
Were they Sue's? They are REALLY dark, aren't they? Lovely!

yup
beeeeaautiful eggs. but i think i read somewhere they are harder to hatch..? so hope i have not messed things up by having those dang fast hatching barnies in with them



Pleased my girls are doing well for you

All the best
Sue

bibbster



Joined: 17 Apr 2009
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Location: Just a bit inland from Aberaeron
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 11 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I have pipping, and one cream legbar out already one more is pipping.
Trouble is, I'm at work and daughter at home is reporting progress Dont know whether its a boy or a grl till I get home tonight. *keeps fingers crossed*

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 11 3:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

we have 15 out. i think that might be it. i had t open up and take out the chicks this morning, bound to have messed up humidity etc.

got a couple of eggs that started pipping yesterday, and have stayed at the same point every since

the 15 are great though

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