On Wednesday June 8th, I put in my first batch of 34 eggs into the incubator! I had been trying to stabilize the temperature within the incubator and it had finally held at a steady temp of 100. So I added the water to get the humidity to 65%, and once the temp was back up, I added my first ever batch of eggs to incubate! I had 9 Gold Laced Polish Eggs, and 10 Blue Polish Eggs, and 15 of my barnyard mix eggs. I had high hopes!
UGH! These temperatures would not stabilize!!! It has fluctuated between 98 and 102.7 every single day!!! The humidity is good, but the house temps are too drastic to help stabilize it now that there are eggs inside of it, apparently. I have covered the incubator, and put a book on the side where the cord for the turner comes out, leaving a slight gap in the box. This seems to have helped, plus we have had cooler temps outside as well. It is finally staying fairly consistent between 98 and 101. A little better!
On day 4 it got to 102.7, and I was really concerned, so I opened the incubator, added cool water to help lower the inside temps quick. I decided to go ahead and candle while the lid was open to see how it was going.
Gold – 3 eggs had beaks developing, and a possible 4th one was beginning development.
Blue – 5 eggs had beaks developing, and possibly 3 more had beginning development
Homegrown – Most of the eggs were too dark of shells to see through, but it seemed that maybe 1/4 had development.
Since then, the temps are stabilizing better and better, and the humidity is easy to keep up on. So today was a full week later! The day I had originally planned on candling the eggs. I removed 6 eggs that definitely had zero development. 2 of the Gold Laced Polish and 4 of my homegrown mix. I had a blue one out, but I put it back in, just in case it was just going slower. The 6 that I took out had a very light yolk and there was clearly nothing going on with them. Oh, well, make that 5. One of them was completely empty lol, one of my own homegrown. So I changed the layout of the incubator to where my for sure eggs were separated from the maybe eggs. I had about 4 that looked like they just had blood ring, with a little other development. I plan on taking them out the next time I candle, in a week, if they remain the same.
Gold – 4 had good development, 3 are maybe’s – 2 of those I think have blood ring.
Blue – 5 had good development, 5 are maybe’s – at least 1 of those I think has blood ring
Homegrown – 4 had good development that I could see – 1 of those I think is scrambled or no good, and a couple I am pretty sure have blood rings, or the dot for the beak, or no development, and the rest of them the shells were too dark for me to see.
So right now I am expecting and hoping for 13 new baby chicks, if all continues well! Let’s hope we get some more development over this week from some of the others too! Only two more weeks to go! At this point I am looking at a 38% hatch rate for my first time incubating. Not bad, considering 19 of those eggs were shipped from a lower elevation in a box not marked fragile or live animals or anything and were tossed around like any other USPS box would have been. That part does tick me off, though. Why would you not mark the box as live animals?? Also, she included a cute rooster necklace in the packaging. That was sweet.