Our first incubation of chicken eggs was October 16, 2013 11:30am – November 7, 2013.
Hatch Rate: 33%
Number of Chicks: 7 Living — two more hatched but died. Several others were close to hatching and died for unknown causes. One from pipping wrong end and failing, another from unabsorbed yolk sac and/or head opposite of air sac.
Learned: Fluctuation of temperature, even a few degrees can be a major issue if its constantly fluctuation. Humidity at the minimum of 50% for lockdown is necessary (65% preferred) and KEEP EGGS LARGE END UP! Doing so makes it rare for birds to try pipping the wrong end or being malformed. Also… learned we needed a new incubator because our makeshift reptile cage wasn’t cutting it well.
October 16, 2013 — Incubator Ready and Eggs Purchased (and named!)
Candling Day 9/10ish
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