Originally Posted by Joplus
My eggs are wiggling!!! I am having last minute lockdown panic. The air cells look great in some of the eggs but not all of them. The rest is so dark I can't see anything. It's definitely time soon, those eggs are full. So I'm leary of upping the humidity too soon for the ones whose air cells don't look so good but on the other hand there's wiggling, stuff is going to happen soon or am I just jumping the gun. Add water am of day 18 as planned? Late day 18? Day 19? What about rolling (manually), stop now like skip tonight? Or again tonight, tmrw, noon then done? Overthinking??? Here's the good cells. The small look like no change from day 14 to 17. The lines are day 7,14 and 17 (pm)
Yes, you're overthinking...;-]
Your hatch is going to hatch what its going to hatch. Nature dictates that the strong survive and the weak do not, and eggs are not all equal...which is why, for example, I always consider a hatch to take 23 days. Some come early, some late, and so I don't give up until day 23. I lockdown after 18 full days, regardless of air sacs. After that, I only open the bator once a day to remove dry chicks to the brooder...and typically not before day 20 has finished. Remember, they'll be just fine in the bator for at least 2 whole days, they have their yolks to sustain them.
Resist the urge to assist.