Hi! I am hatching a batch of chicken eggs this April, due next week on Tuesday/Wednesday!!! I'm excited but also nervous since I haven't incubated since I was a kid, and because I've already gotten 5 early quitters. Ugh, it's the worst. I'm sure it's something I did improperly. Was it the hand sanitizer I used before candling? Was the incubator dirty (i did wash it)? Did I jostle them too much? Tomorrow will be eggtopsy day, hope I can figure out what happened. (And that they were all roosters, so I don't feel as bad. right?)
Anyone would want to weigh in on their day 18 and lockdown protocols for a still-air HovaBator 1620? I've found so much great info here on BYC, but I want to make sure I've got great hatching conditions since now my last few babies are seeming precious... Links, personal experience, etc. I'd love to hear it!
Wish me luck!