Originally Posted by Purpletie3
I hope you sleep well tonight!!! Get your rest in now...& ready for an awesome experience!
Some of my mistakes as a newbie were hovering over the incubator...stressing about every peep and click I heard... I would say... set up your incubator check on it every so many hours and get your grocery shopping done etc...Keep your mind off of the bator or you may be an insomniac...
I found that I really like to hatch in clean cartons...Also, draw your air cells so you can know where they pip. Set up your humidity so it won't drown the chick and it can get you to day 22 or 23 without opening the top. Whether you are using sponges ( Boil up new ones and place them under a air hole you can use a straw to drop water on along the way )
Look around the incubator and make sure it's safe. When the chicks hatch they flop around a lot. They can also get their legs stuck in place or fall off the edge of the carton and get stuck next to the wall...
I am sorry if I threw too much at you here. Happy happy hatching
Definitely watch your hatching, but learn to do nothing. Its far better that you learn how to let eggs die than think you need to learn how to assist early. When you assist early, you only learn how to think you need to assist earlier, and that's definitely not good.
BTW, high humidity could make your egg die/drown. Low humidity means drying your egg, high humidity means keeping it wet.
Humidity is such a subject that its tough to say what it should be. Humidity matters most for how much weight the egg loses, as that weight loss is the fundamental issue. But during lockdown, humidity means the membrane is soft and doesn't shrink wrap the chick, so you want high humidity during that last 3 days. But, if you haven't lost enough weight prior, or lost too much, you can have an issue.
I sure as heck have no idea what you could "Look around the incubator and make sure it's safe", no idea what that means.