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I have been using a forced air Styro Bator for three years now. Every year I have had multiple hatching with 80 - 90% hatch rate with very few problems. This year I decided to start hatching earlier so that the girl would lay by the summer. But.... Every hatch this year have gonna haywire during lock down. Every hatch the chicks stuck in there shells while zipping or gets gooey nastiness that all effects the chicks hatching on there own. It looks like the whites either get so sticky the chick can't move or the white completely dries them to the shell. But all the shell linings look good, not dried out or brown.  I can't tell you how many I have intervened, almost all of them. Its been 4 different hatches with all the same results. After the first time this happened and reading I thought maybe because its winter and dryer outside I need my humidity higher. I always hatched at about 60-65% humidity. So the next three hatches I bumped up to about 70-80%. But this is not working. I also noticed this last hatch that my temp dropped to about 98. The bator says it was still 101 but my accurate thermometer I use was at 98. I slowly increased it back to 100. So I don't know if that could have added to this issue. But what to do? Need advice from veterans that have seen this issue and found a solution. 

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I have been using a forced air Styro Bator for three years now. Every year I have had multiple hatching with 80 - 90% hatch rate with very few problems. This year I decided to start hatching earlier so that the girl would lay by the summer. But.... Every hatch this year have gonna haywire during lock down. Every hatch the chicks stuck in there shells while zipping or gets gooey nastiness that all effects the chicks hatching on there own. It looks like the whites either get so sticky the chick can't move or the white completely dries them to the shell. But all the shell linings look good, not dried out or brown.  I can't tell you how many I have intervened, almost all of them. Its been 4 different hatches with all the same results. After the first time this happened and reading I thought maybe because its winter and dryer outside I need my humidity higher. I always hatched at about 60-65% humidity. So the next three hatches I bumped up to about 70-80%. But this is not working. I also noticed this last hatch that my temp dropped to about 98. The bator says it was still 101 but my accurate thermometer I use was at 98. I slowly increased it back to 100. So I don't know if that could have added to this issue. But what to do? Need advice from veterans that have seen this issue and found a solution. 

I always use the low humidity method. How I maintain it changes if I do fall/winter hatches, but I keep at the same humidity and monitor my air cells to know if I need to adjust. Keeps me on track no matter what season I hatch in. It also seems to work especially well in styro bators.

The method I use:  http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

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A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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I guess I should have clarified. I use a dry hatch and track air cells. All these bad hatches have given me the same results as before, great air cell size the entire time. It is just a problem once they are trying to zip
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I guess I should have clarified. I use a dry hatch and track air cells. All these bad hatches have given me the same results as before, great air cell size the entire time. It is just a problem once they are trying to zip

Hmmm. That's different. Have you checked the thermometers/hygrometers to see if they've gotten off on accuracy? Are the eggs from the same source as the ones you used in the past? No changes in the hens diets?

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Hydrometer a and thermometers have been checked before each hatch. All from different people shipped not shipped and some from my own. I have experienced more issues with shipped eggs of course but this is happening across the board? My other thought is maybe doing the dry hatch in winter changed something? Humidity sat around 15% air cells still looked good but maybe it changed something in the egg whites?
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Hydrometer a and thermometers have been checked before each hatch. All from different people shipped not shipped and some from my own. I have experienced more issues with shipped eggs of course but this is happening across the board? My other thought is maybe doing the dry hatch in winter changed something? Humidity sat around 15% air cells still looked good but maybe it changed something in the egg whites?

I only run dry if my bator stays above 25% dry. If it doesn't I add a wet sponge and run right about 30% where I like it.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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