First I remember a while back Sally Sunshine, dear, that you mentioned being overrun with hatching eggs. I can help with this
Secondly for all the chicks and little fuzzy this GS and not so little fuzzy things congrats and welcome to the worlds.
Also thank you for the emu updates please add more photos. I was wondering about little number four until I found that post. I hope it makes it for you. Sound like it really wants to live.
And last thing I remember for the person. Who mentioned the chick that died that had fluid coming out of its lungs. My Easter hatch-a-long had two chicks that got fluid in their lungs one I caught right away when it started but it didn't survive to finish hatching. The second one I had to assist out and it lived about 36 hours but it was too weak and had inhaled too much fluid. I stayed up with it for over 24 hours clearing it's mouth and nose of the fluids and just when it started breathing better it passed. I'm sorry for the loss but I think you did all you could.
@Sally Sunshine we ended up actually taping two of the six holes closed-too much cool air. Hubs cut them with a hole saw and then cut the portion of the top of the cooler out and replaced it with an old 8X10 glass. Took about four days to get the set-up just right as far as temp and humidity. The funny thing is that he told me I couldn't spend any more money on chickens but then he made me the incubator.
He said no more money on chickens he didn't say no more money on hatching eggs lol there is a difference! Lol
Thanks. And yes I have devoured everything I could read on this site. Very informative. If only I hadn't missed the bits about humidity until I was already several days in. I followed the hovabators instructions instead. It calls for pretty high humidity from the get go. So I diligently complied. Naturally once I read further into this site I discovered that the manuals are no bueno and I ditched them and chunked an emergency pantyhose of of rice into the bator to suck up humidity. I kept it low for the last couple weeks like 25-30% until the pip. But the air cells are still too small compared to what they should be at this point. So. I'm worried. Ugh.
My first hatch I felt the same way. Our first hatch was shipped silkies eggs and bantams. Little did I know how difficult they were still we ended up with 8 wonderful chicks out of starting with 17 eggs(air cells intact and most stable) 4 eggs were inferts and one was a late quitter that we didn't discover until eggtopsied. We did lose four chicks to malposotions and humidity issues may have played a roll. More than that though every one we opened to eggtopsy but one(cross beak) were massively vaulted skulls and malposotioned.
Have you read the assisted hatch article just in case?
Edited by chickendreams24 - 4/14/16 at 8:33pm