Okay, so... I candled all 10 eggs today and unfortunately there was no development in any of them
Disappointing but I'm going to try again. Just hoping to figure out what went wrong! The only two things that come to mind is the fact that the eggs were stored for 2-5 days at room temp before incubating which was between 66-70 degrees (cooler at night). I've read it's better to store them a bit cooler but not refrigerator cold! Could this be the problem?
Also, I had a temp spike of 102.8 on day 2 of incubation, it lasted for at most an hour but could have been less. Was this a deadly temp for early development? Other than that one time the temp stayed fairly steady between 99.8 - 101.2 F. Humidity has been very stable at 45-46%. I only opened the Bator twice during the last week; once when I saw the temp spike, I held the top open for a few seconds to cool it down. And on day 5 I couldn't resist and opened it to candle 2 eggs (of course didn't see anything) and put them back.
I bought the 'upgraded' temp probe from the HovaBator manufacturer when I ordered my bator. Maybe its wrong? Is there a good way to test its accuracy? BTW I did also buy the automatic egg turner that seems to be working well, so don't think thats an issue.
Anyway, I took all the old eggs out and cracked them and didn't see ANYTHING that looked like developing chick..
I put 5 new eggs straight from the coop, all layed today, in the incubator just now so this will eliminate any 'storage' temp issues I guess. I also lowered the temp on my Bator a bit, its holding at 99.1 right now. Maybe I'll have better luck with this batch
Any suggestions/ideas welcome!
Edited by Beth0202 - 2/21/16 at 4:15pm