Day 19 Update:
|Eggs Set||Clears||Suspected Clear||Pipped||Hatched||Early Deaths||Late Deaths||Avg Weight Loss||Ideal Weight Loss|
|Brinsea Octo ADV EX||40||5||4||2||0||1||0||13.96%||12.14%|
So, despite running the Janoel at 12-15% humidity for the last 2 days, I still end up with eggs that have not lost sufficient moisture. Although what is interesting is that I have eggs, in both bators, with weight loss numbers > 20%, and < 9%. I think this is a factor of egg shells somehow. No idea what caused the early death in the Brinsea, when I opened it up today the egg was sitting there will little bubbles of hard egg white on the exterior of the shell, although I couldn't find a crack when candling. Maybe it was a porous shell??
FWIW, the pips in both bators are in eggs that have been lying on their side the whole hatch. Age of pipped eggs are 5, 5, 4, and 0 day-old.
My last hatch are now 3 weeks old so I split them into 2 separate brooders (19 in each). My hope is to keep them in the brooders until they are 4 weeks old so they can help teach the new hatchlings about drinking water and eating, and avoid another significant die-off when I put them outside. We'll see.
I had a 10 week 2-day old female Turkey die in my arms on Friday. It was fine 2 days before, lethargic the day before, and down-right docile when I picked it up yesterday. Its head was shaking from side to side, and then it kept pulling its head back to its back, neck totally exposed on top of its body. It did that several times and then just expired. No signs of harm on the body at all.
So I then decided to move the 2 18 week old BCM cockerels (Steve and Roy) as well as the 10 week old Turkey Tom into the main coop. Lots of running around, but no wounds in the 2 days they have been together with my BCM Rooster Fred. Roy, however, spends most of his time hiding in the lid of the water trough, while Steve just stays "away" from Fred with his speed. Tom is having more issues with chicken hens than Fred, but so far is holding his own.
As always, fingers crossed for lots of reasons...;-]