Hello Fellow Hatchers, I am new to BYC.
Today is Day 21 of my first hatch ever. I started with 13 eggs, after day 14 I pulled two out (one was empty and the other had a blood ring). On day 18 when I placed my eggs out of the turner and laid them down for lockdown I was so excited to see some of the eggs were rocking! I must be doing something right. I candled on day 18 as well and they were moving around inside that egg. On day 19 I was checking the humidity and temp and noticed my eggs were less....rocking. They were moving as much. Today is hatch day and 1 egg is rocking away, which tells me it is alive. But the others are not moving and wiggling. No eggs have pipped and I hear nothing.
So I took a quick peek at one of the eggs that I knew was rocking away on day 18. Candled and saw no movement but there was definitely a little chick in there, I could see the beak! So I am hoping this one rocking egg makes it, I really do but I am not hopeful for the others.
Details of my Hatch:
Average Temp Days 1-18: 97-102, most of the time it was 99-100.
Average Humidity Days 1-18: 45-57, most of the time I tried to keep it around 50-55%
Average Temp Days 19-21: 99-100
Average Humidity Days 19-21: 60-70%, I aimed for between 65-70%
So here are questions I have...
1) I get so many suggestions on humidity. Was my humidity settings to high? Did I drown my chicks? What should the humidity be? The instructions with my incubator says 50-55%. But I have seen people post 40-50%, and others 50-60%. The only consistent thing I have seen is that lock down should be around 65%.
2) Is it a big deal that my eggs are not rocking? Are they dead if I don't see the egg moving?
3) Judging by my levels could my humidity have drown the little guys?
This is my first hatch and honestly I would kind of roll my eyes at some people freaking out about their eggs and so on....now I get it. I so seriously get it. I am paranoid that they are dead and everything I read makes it sound like it is REALLY hard to hatch eggs, that the line is fine and not much wiggle room. No pips yet, but we shall see I know I know, it is still too early, they can hatch later. Any advice and encouragement is appreciated in advance! Thanks!