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I need more advice. I started up my incubator this morning to monitor it before the eggs get here. I have the thermometer in the corner and it has been holding steady at 100 degrees. Do I turn up the temp or leave it due to the fact that the thermometer is a little farther away from the center? Also, I haven't added any water yet and the humidity is at 37%. Do I add a little water or leave it dry?
RubyNala97 - So glad you joined I added a little water last night but this morning my humidity was only reading 29%. How high should I raise it? Also, my thermometers are digital...can they be properly calibratd? I haven't called any references on any of the breeders I have ordered from I guess I'm just trusting that they are reputable. I ordered them off eBay and they all have excellent reviews but that is about all I know about them. I am in N. Idaho and all of the eggs are coming from the E. Coast that's a long way for them to travel.
Good luck with your hatch!
I'm a newbie too, and have done four hatches with shipped eggs; varying degrees of success. I've found that most air sacs will reattach though the air cells tend to be rather deformed instead of a nice oval shape. I, too, read about not turning for the first four days and tried it - disastrous; I had lots of unprogressed embryos which I attribute to not turning early on.
I've just put down 12 eggs and I've got another six being shipped so I'm there alongside you with this hatch :D