It pays to get a good seat.

Many years ago, I watched an NBA game from five rows behind the Chicago Bulls bench; we’re talking Jordan, Pippin, Rodman…it was breathtaking. The seat made all the difference.

And you know the people on that plane in LOST know this. The seat to which you had been assigned made the difference between life and death.

It seems this is also true for my incubator and egg turner.

As I approach my second hatching, I’ve had time to ruminate over the first: what worked, what I would do differently, and contemplating patterns that reveal what thermometers and hygrometers cannot. Confused? Here’s an illustration of C3.0’s hatch in the egg turner:

C30 incubator

The egg turner seats 41 chicken eggs; the yellow square in the upper left is the motor for the turner. The blue and dark brown eggs were numbered and laid out as illustrated above, and that’s where they stayed, turning slowly, until I heard #37 peep from within his shell at the end of Day 19.

The first eggs to hatch, on Day 20, were #29, #36, #37,  and #15. #1 & #8 were the first of the Ameraucanas to hatch. See a pattern? The two LA preemies were #7 & #12. Hmmmm….

Now, this is a very fine incubator, and new, with a circulating fan. There shouldn’t be that much difference in temperature from one corner to the other. And, yet…

When I incubate C3.1, I will rotate the eggs each time I candle, and watch closely for the outcome…

How to lose 13% of your body weight in only 21 days!

In this morning’s post, I intimated that I was going to attempt to monitor the progress of the hatching eggs using a weighing technique. I have found a less-intimidating equation, and thought I would share.

It comes to this: chicken eggs should, ideally, lose 13% of their weight between Day 1 and Day 21. I am prepared to take their word on this one. I am nothing if not trusting.

Take the total weight of your eggs on Day 1: 80.4 oz.

Multiplied by 0.87 to get weight your eggs should be on Day 21: 69.95 oz

Multiplied by 0.13 to get weight your eggs should lose over 21 days: 10.45 oz.

Divided by 21 to get desired weight loss per day: 0.5 oz/day

So, if I weigh again on Day 7, that will be six days, so my eggs should, ideally, have lost a total of 3.0 oz. If they have lost less, humidity is too high. If they have lost more, humidity is too low.

Your thoughts, please!