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I'm like a new mom, very nervous.   I got a grant from Pinellas Education Foundation for a Hovabator 1588 with the automatic egg turner.  I have read and reread but I missed the detail, keep the humidity lower than 55 during the set time.  It's been hovering in the mid 50's today. Today is day 3.  I put them in on Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm.  At that time the humidity was in the high 50's.    If I don't add any water it will drop over the weekend.  Did I mess up?  Will my chicks still hatch?  

Thanks for your help

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No need to worry hugs.gif

As your on day 3 you still have time for your air sacs to grow enough. When you candle on day 7 you will be able to see how big they are. Here is a chart for roughly how much they should grow over the incubation period ~

Humidity needs to be an average over the incubation period short highs and lows are not a problem as long as your average is good and the air sacs grow enough.

Good luck with your hatch fl.gif
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Thank you.  I am looking forward to seeing the difference.    I candled a few today but just notice a line at the top.  I bought them from chicken breeders in Brooksville.  Here's hoping we get some babies.  The kids are very excited but I tell them every day they may not all hatch. We have to leave that up to nature. 

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We are keeping hourly records of temp and humidity during the school day so the kids have practice recording data and feel like scientists. 

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I'm like a new mom, very nervous.   I got a grant from Pinellas Education Foundation for a Hovabator 1588 with the automatic egg turner.  I have read and reread but I missed the detail, keep the humidity lower than 55 during the set time.  It's been hovering in the mid 50's today. Today is day 3.  I put them in on Tuesday afternoon around 4 pm.  At that time the humidity was in the high 50's.    If I don't add any water it will drop over the weekend.  Did I mess up?  Will my chicks still hatch?  
Thanks for your help

I am planning a classroom hatch, too! Did you do the Jabil STEM grant?
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What grades are you both working with?  I went and did an assembly to 4 first grade classes re: poultry use on the small farm, as well as incubation.  It was fun seeing the enthusiasm of those kids.  They then set a bunch of eggs.  I don't know what kind of hatch results they had.  I tried to do some education for the teachers re: dry incubation, but they were not responsive.

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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I teached Gifted K-5. I also have a garden focus group. Our kindergatlrten teacher does this every year.
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I am planning a classroom hatch, too! Did you do the Jabil STEM grant?
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I did a fund a class grant. My school is not Title One. If you need help putting a grant together I'd be happy to help. You can contact me at wellera@.
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