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    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2011 2:01pm (Sep 9th 2011)
     
    Hi, ive had eggs in my incubator for about a week now but just a few days ago i added 4 more eggs which had been under a hen for 10 days. What should I do when it comes to increasing the humidity on day 18 for these eggs. I cant put it up cause that will affect the other eggs so I was thinking of spraying the 4 new eggs with water but i dnt no ow much or how often. HELP!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2011 10:29pm (Sep 9th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm that's a tricky one...how are you going to turn the other eggs but not the 18 day ones, too? Unless your incubator isn't an automatic turner.

    Have you got any more broodies or anyone you can borrow a 'bator off?

    Spraying just those four would up the humidity in the whole incubator anyway. I'm not sure how much of a difference or how much damage it would do to the other eggs. Especially because they'd be getting on by that point, around 14 days old..? When we reached the last few days of our hatch, because we had a really old incubator, we didn't measure the humidity / how much water we added, we just winged it and it all turned out fine, so at least take some confidence from that!!

    Does your incubator have dividers so you can stop the earlier hatching eggs / chicks from rolling into the still developing eggs? Also remember you can't take the chicks out until they are completely dry ;)

    Hopefully someone who's done a dual hatch will pop along soon...I've only ever hatched one batch of chicks in the 'bator and all them were due at the same time.

    :welcome: to the forum and I hope someone else can help you :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2011 7:08am (Sep 10th 2011)
     
    Wow, that is a tricky one. I've only hatched eggs that were more or less the same stage of development. I wouldn't spray the eggs with water, you could do more damage than good to the chicks. Just raise the humidity a little bit. I'd fine a way to divide the incubator so the hatching chicks don't kick around the eggs that aren't ready to hatch yet. I've cut up egg cartons into individual little cups and it helped keep the mess of hatching down. I wish you good luck on your hatch, chrisflan..and welcome to the forum:welcome:
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2011 12:35pm (Sep 12th 2011)
     
    Thanks that is helpful! if just sprinkled a little water on them each day and hav dividers in. They should hatch any day now as this is about the 20th day or so! I'll keep u posted!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2011 6:51pm (Sep 12th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooh yes, please keep us posted!! Bet you're very excited...we'd love to see photos when they hatch too! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2011 11:41pm (Sep 12th 2011)
     
    Ooo photos, yes! We all get a bit obsessed when chicks are due to hatch. When Red was hatching some there were loads of us glued to the monitor waiting to see who'd see one pip first!

    Welcome to the forum - please don't forget to update us on how it goes.
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2011 11:30am (Sep 13th 2011)
     
    Dont worry i will. im nt too sure how to upload pics but will do my best! Today i could see a tiny crack in one of the later eggs i put in so hopefully theyll hatch soon!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2011 11:32pm (Sep 13th 2011)
     
    I think there's a thread in the sticky section about how to post pictures. If you can't find it post a message back here and one of us will post you a linky!!

    New life is always very exciting, whatever the species!
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 11:31am (Sep 14th 2011)
     
    ok thank u!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 2:59pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here's the How To post Photos thread, I found Diane's (the second post) instructions most helpful:

    http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=96&page=1#Item_65

    Good luck with the hatch, any news on the egg with a potential pip?!
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2011 10:52pm (Sep 14th 2011)
     
    stil just a little crack so fingers crossed!
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:22am (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    just noticed that 2 of the other eggs have began to cheep and 1 of them has a little crack! I can feel the chciks moving about! So excited :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 3:15pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahhhh you're gonna have some little fuzzy things soon!! I remember I never heard our eggs cheeping, but someone on hencam did!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2011 11:41pm (Sep 15th 2011)
     
    I hope you get more girls than boys Chrisflan!!!! It's very exciting - are they out of the shells yet?
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 12:05pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     
    YYYEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!! 2 of my light sussex banty eggs have hatched out into little yellow fluffy chicks! The other 1s half way out! I think the fourth light sussex egg may be infertile? My other egg are due to hatch next wed/thurs! Cant wait, their lavender, black and white pekin and gold laced wyandotte bantys? Does any1 no how high the heat lamp should be in a glass brooder?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 6:05pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahhhh congratulations! :bigsmile:

    Remember they need to stay in the incubator for 24 hours until they are completely dry (if you need to leave them in a little longer because one hatched late that's fine!). The brooder temp should be 35 c or 95F.

    Depending on what you're offering them water in you might want to put marbles in the bottom (if it's a shallow bowl for example) so they can't accidentally drown themselves!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 7:05pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     
    Pics! We want pics!!
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2011 11:25pm (Sep 16th 2011)
     
    I will put pics up tomorrow when I get time! However i think theres a problem with 1. It can walk fine but when it stands straight its legs slide out and it falls? Is this bad?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 4:18pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It sounds like it could have splayed / spraddle legs...? It's common if chicks are brought up on slippery surfaces (such as newspaper or magazine) and can result in chicks with wide legs that can't walk...does it look / sound anything like that?

    If so you can make splints out of plasters or I've heard some people use pipe cleaner. Just make sure you don't stick anything to the chick's legs!

    You might want to look up how long a chick needs a splint on and any other special treatment...

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 7:13pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     
    CONGRATULATIONS on your hatch, chrisflan!! Pipe cleans for splints have always worked the best for me.
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 11:09pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     
    Thank u! It can walk fine etc its just when is stands up sometimes the legs slide apart? Cud u use a sticky plaster that u wud usually put on human cuts etc to keep them together?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2011 11:44pm (Sep 17th 2011)
     
    Congratulations Chrisflan!! I am looking forward to seeing photos of the chicks, and hope we will get updated ones as they grow. Hope the one with poorly legs can be helped. You should feel very proud of yourself that you've had some live hatchlings!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 12:19am (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    Congtatulations Chrisflan and good luck with your new babies.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 11:58am (Sep 18th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are a few websites about making splints for splayed leg chicks...

    http://adorablebudgies.co.uk/splayed_legs.php

    This is probably the best:

    http://www.poultryhelp.com/spraddle.html
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 2:22pm (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    thanks red this is very helpful! My chick can walk and eat etc fine its just the leg slips out every now and then! Will get pics up when camera is found lol!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2011 7:55pm (Sep 18th 2011)
     
    Can't wait to see pictures, chrisflan..we LOVE pictures around here.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2011 7:31pm (Sep 20th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWCan't wait to see pictures, chrisflan..we LOVE pictures around here.<img src=" />

    Ditto that :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2011 4:08pm (Sep 21st 2011)
     
    will try an get pics up asap but cannot find the camera lol! another chick hatched today! any ideas on what colour it might be when it grows up. its like a goldy brown colour now, mostly brown. Think its a pekin, mother was black or buff, not sure, and the father was a colourful rooster pekin? (like green, gold, black etc!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2011 11:09pm (Sep 21st 2011)
     
    It must be like watching a flower bloom, waiting for their feathers and colour to develop. Is that 3 or 4 now?
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 12:24pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     
    Well kateb, my 3 light sussexs are about a weel old now, and just last night a browny coloured pekin chick and a lavender pekin chick hatched! When I came out this morning, 2 more lavenders and a yellow pekin chick had hatched! However some sad news as 2 lavenders had pipped last mite but when I camoe out this morning they both werent moving in the egg so I waited for a few hours and am sure they both died during the night :(! Another lavender on the way however, there is a fair amount of blood with this 1 so I'll keep use posted on what happens! Still waiting on another 5 eggs to pip and that will be my lot done, but I've a feeling some may be infertile?? Altogether thats 8 chicks now :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 4:46pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A few of them will probably be infertile and others just won't hatch, for whatever reasons. I've heard if you get over a 75% hatch rate you've done a good job! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorchrisflan
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 11:14pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     
    Well out of 19 eggs i new 3 were infertile, and out of the 16 supposedly fertile 1s, 9 have now hatched! The bloody 1 has survived so far!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2011 11:33pm (Sep 22nd 2011)
     
    That's great news! Have you found that camera yet - we're still looking forward to seeing photos. Fingers crossed for the bloody chick and the still-to-hatch eggs.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2011 1:47pm (Sep 26th 2011) edited
     
    Hi Chris, how eggciting to hatch your own chicks. I wish I was able to as well. You have done real well and I too hope you are able to locate your camera soon.