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The Hatching Journal

Dear Reader, In my last post I stated I would write the incubation journal of my recent hatching experience.

I will start by saying that this was my first attempt at using an incubator for the hatch. Previously I have always used a broody hen.

Day –8 ~ My jump rope coach(Thanks Abbey!) lends me her incubator to try out.

Day –5 ~ I separate 4 hens with each of my roosters and start collecting the fertilized eggs in a cooler

Day –1 ~ I start reading about and doing research on the process, never having used an incubator before.

Day 0 ~ I fill my incubators’ water trays as full as possible and place my fertilized eggs carefully into the turning device. I closely moniter the temperature until I get it stabilized.

Day 2 ~ I replace the water in the water trays as quickly as possible so as to let out minimal amounts of heat and humidity.

Day 4 ~ I replace the water in the water trays as quickly as possible so as to let out minimal amounts of heat and humidity. (We often have humidity issues here in Arizona.)

Day 5 ~ Repeat.

Day 7 ~ Something happens today! We candle the eggs and discover a 100 percent mortality rate.(Future Post on candling coming.)

Day 8 ~ I fill the water trays.

Day 9 ~ Repeat.

Day 10 ~ Repeat.

Day 11 ~ Repeat.

Day 12 ~ Repeat.

Day 13 ~ Repeat.

Day 14 ~ Repeat. (We should have candled the second time here.)

Day 15 ~ Repeat. (This is getting old isn’t it.)

Day 16 ~ Repeat.

Day 17 ~ We candle the eggs the second time and fill the water trays very full so a refill will not be required until after the hatch.

Day 21 ~ All the eggs should have hatched by now.

Day 22 ~  The first chick hatches. Then the second.

Day 23 ~ Three more chicks hatch and are moved to the brooder where the first two already are.

Day 24 ~  Seven more chicks hatch and are removed.

There you have it. Obviously somewhere along the line an error occurred causing most of my chicks to hatch late. So, I did a little research about what causes late hatches as seen below.

Causes of “draggy” hatch include:

•Improper temperature or humidity conditions

•Storing eggs over a long period of time while collecting enough to fill the incubator

•Combining eggs of different sizes in one hatch

My personal guess is that the temperature and humidity conditions were not ideal because

I confirmed that all of my eggs were fertilized at day 7 and day 17.

But hey, it’s really not that bad considering this my first ever artificial hatch!

So long,

The Green Egg



Incubator Incentives

Well, I’m back.

For those of you who thought, or, think that I abandoned my blog, well, you would be pretty much right if it hadn’t been for…let us say a little parental interference on behalf of me, my blog, and this post. 🙂


So, here we go.

Four weeks ago, I borrowed an incubator from a friend, wanting to try my hand at artificial hatching before I purchased one for myself. I discovered a few things that I wouldn’t want on an incubator and a few things that I would want on an incubator.

First off, when purchasing an incubator, if possible always buy one with self turning device. That really makes it way more convenient as you don’t necessarily have to be around three times a day to turn the eggs. Secondly, a really nice thing is a way to fill your humidifying device from the outside of the incubator so as to facilitate minimal releases of humidity and heat. Also a optimal feature, an electronic thermostat helps stabilise temperature and is more reliable than the ether-filled wafer system.

Now, I’m not claiming to be any kind of “hatch expert.” I’ve done this once and came out with a 17 percent hatch rate–pretty darn bad. However, I’ve read a substantial amount on the subject and can give a pretty fair opinion. Oh, another thing, try to stay away from Styrofoam incubators. The Styrofoam tends to harbor bacteria and is harder to clean

On that note, I will conclude this post and wish you luck on your own incubator buying experience–if such is your intention.


Coming up, the incubation journal!

Until I write again,

The Green Egg

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