Friday 29th March

The incubator said it was at a consistent temperature, apart from when it was turned off for an hour or so, it always had water in for humidity but there were no other external monitors for temp or humidity etc
 

Yellowchickenparrot

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When they go into lock down I think any fluctuations can be quite stressful on the developing chicks and we have a humidity gauge and actually found you don't need to use water in the incubator as it was almost spot on, however every house and incubator is very different.
 

sunnyring

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Oh and a couple of the chicks at work seem to have curled in toes, will this correct itself or is that it then?
temperature can do it but one or two hours off would not cause it. in this case I would say genetic. haven't had one in years as I never breed from birds that do not have naturally perfect toes/legs. to attempt to fix you cut a little triangle of stiff card the same size as foot and tape the toes down flat on the card. sometimes it works or improves if done young enough but if a week or more old its usually too late. they are usually very good at getting the card off so it has to be redone repeatably for a couple of weeks until bones have been splinted into a better position. I've seen adult hens with uncorrected toes and they do usually manage ok but need watching as if toes get badly grazed from unnatural position they need either vet to amputate twisted under toe or PTS
hope that helps. I honestly do not think an hour or two would do this. put it this way I have accidently stitched off an incubator quite a few times and the only effect has been late hatching.
 

sunnyring

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Morning dizzy and Nigel, good about your meds going down Nigel. It's slightly misty here but may burn off later. I bet washed to pool, decking and patio yesterday and got a stiff back today so feeling a bit cranky. Wifey had got quail eggs in the incubator, gosh more birds in the house.
quail.. mm I go mad and do a few every now and then (and then remember why I don't like them) tell your wife to get hold of a cardboard box bigger then the incubator- when they hatch put the incubator in the box because when you lift the lid off the incubator they often run straight out and under furniture and are near impossible to find. in a cardboard box they are contained!
ps brooder will need a lid from one week old as they jump out. and the drinker must have pebbles in rim or they will drown in it. chick crumb often a little large first few days so grind it fine for them first few days. good luck.
 
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