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Chirping

Post by Mr Wolfy » 17 Sep 2013, 15:49

Hi I'm incubating a few eggs for a friend (first time, experimenting) 2day is there 19th day so as I opened up the incubator to do my "lock down" I heard a few chirps!!!! excited confused shocked hit me all at once :grin: :shock: , I no this is a good sign but my question is - do they always chirp at 19 days I had it in my head this would only happen when they wher ready to come out! But surly not at 19days???
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Re: Chirping

Post by kated » 17 Sep 2013, 15:54

It's quite normal - some of us will admit to making cluck cluck broody noises to encourage them :oops:

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Post by drfish » 17 Sep 2013, 15:56

It's not an exact science and can vary by a few days either way if temps are a bit high/low, and to some degree breed dependant. Just leave them to it now and see what happens. I'm sure the first time it's as nerve racking as actually having a human baby. Although the chickens don't moan when you go home to watch the football half way through labour :shock: :lol:

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Re: Chirping

Post by Mr Wolfy » 17 Sep 2013, 17:09

Cheers guys, it is quite exciting even though ther not my eggs/chicks, incubator is on lock down now and left to it hope everything go's ok

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Re: Chirping

Post by subruss » 17 Sep 2013, 19:41

Many a time I have gone to up the humidity and stop the auto turner on day 19 to find a chick sat there looking at me, then its a case of O SH 1 t, I havent got the brooder set up :lol:

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Re: Chirping

Post by Mr Wolfy » 18 Sep 2013, 14:41

So day 20 and the chirping has stopped should I be worried?

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Re: Chirping

Post by Miss Chooks » 21 Sep 2013, 20:17

I have nil experience when it comes to eggs/chicks but I love reading the threads on them. How are things going?

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Re: Chirping

Post by Mr Wolfy » 21 Sep 2013, 20:29

No to good for some reason none servived, didn't even pip no idea what went wrong very very disappointed especial when I thought everything was going well with the chirping

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Post by laffinfowl » 21 Sep 2013, 20:42

What settings did you have the incubator at and did you up the humidity after locking it down ??
You would normally wait till day 25 to abandon all hope of anything hatching.

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Re: Chirping

Post by Miss Chooks » 21 Sep 2013, 21:56

Oh no, what a shame, especially as you did hear them cheeping :(

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Re: Chirping

Post by Mr Wolfy » 22 Sep 2013, 19:25

Incubator was kept at the same temp 38oC and humidity was raised to 70-80 was no point in waiting till 25 days as there was no movement or sign of life and when opened they where dead :cry:
Next time I'm thinking of trying a dry hatch to see if it helps as I've heard people have had good results from doing this :shock:

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Re: Chirping

Post by laffinfowl » 22 Sep 2013, 20:57

You need to try to figure out what went wrong and theres a lot to consider,condition of breeding stock the eggs came from,storage of eggs before incubation,time of season they were set,location of incubator,were the eggs candled or handled too often,was the incubator opened too much,what stage did the majority of the chicks get to,it could have been only a few that were chirping and how did the chicks look when the eggs were opened,some fully developed,all fully developed,very wet in appearance or very dry,were they in the right position to pip from the shells,were the yolks fully absorbed or nearly fully absorbed. I would try again in the Spring if i was you and bring the temp down to between 37.5 and 37.7 if its a forced air inccy. So plenty to consider before going the dry incubation route which is actually the way i incubate in a forced air Brinsea.

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