Originally Posted by FridayYet
Remember, you are starting with the hardest possible scenario - shipped eggs over long distances, change in altitude, first time, etc. If you survive this, you can survive anything!
You've done a great job so far, and remember that no amount of perfect incubation techniques can resurrect scrambled eggs.
Next time try some local eggs, or maybe some shipped from WY or an adjoining state, and you will see much better results.
Or you can be like me and keep ordering eggs from far away and only getting 1 chick per dozen set. (Although my homegrown eggs hatch great!)
Thanks. The new ones Katie and I just set yesterday are pretty local...Colorado....and were only 2 days in transit so with any luck and a lot of prayer I'll have better results with those.
And of course now that I've put the Gang of Eight back in the incubator, I'm seeing some fluctuations in temps that I wasn't expecting. I'm supposed to have the thermometers at top-of-the-eggs- level, right? Could it be something as simple as the eggs being at a lower level in the baskets now than they were when they were in the turner and they are sitting farther away from the heater? I don't worry about temps dropping a degree or raising a degree then settling back out, because I know that the interior of the egg doesn't change temps that fast so as long as I'm within the realm of average it should be okay. But both thermometers are reading about 97,6 and I don't like that at all. <sigh> I won't even tell you what the built in thermometer is reading. It LIES!