Originally Posted by Wickedchicken6
I stagger hatch. It's actually the only type of hatching I've ever done since I started incubating last summer. For me it's been a bit of trial and error and it's always a work in progress.
I run my incubator at about 40%. I normally add eggs to the incubator every two weeks or so, I'm was setting/adding eggs on Sundays. It just works for me; easier to remember and to have a plan to go by. My next hatch has been moved to Monday to accommodate me being away during next weekends lockdown.
I incubate and hatch in the same incubator. I raise the humidity to approx. 60%-65% at 18 days and usually get hatching happening on the 21st day. I don't have an automatic egg turner so I'm in the incubator 3 times a day (at least) the entire time, including the time of "lockdown," to turn the eggs. If you have an automatic turner and I see you have a humidity pump...that makes things a lot easier.
At 18 days I've been putting the eggs to hatch in their own tray just to keep it easier to keep track of them to watch for hatching, to keep me from turning them in case I forget and to keep most of the mess in the tray and not in the incubator. Of course the chicks always seem to hop the walls before I get them out...lol. As soon as the chicks are up and going...I put them in a smaller box with a light so they don't mess up the incubator. They sleep there for most of the first day...lol.
Below is a pic from my BYC New Years Eve hatch.
A pic of the chicks in their box.
But that's just how I do it. I've taken different parts of different information and made it work for me. Keep in mind that I'm also a very strong believer in "survival of the fittest" genetics. I'm breeding for a very strong, seasonally tough, low maintenance flock, not a 100% hatch rate. If I have 10 eggs and only 7 make it out on their own...in my way of thinking, the 3 chicks in the eggs weren't meant to be.
Everyone has their own techniques that may or may not work for the next person.
The best thing is do what works for you and work at things from there.