This is my first time incubating and hatching eggs and it's been an amazing experience. I do have a couple questions that I haven't been able to find a good answer for yet...
Day 21 was on Wednesday (it is now Saturday). Early on there was a day that the temperature in the incubator dropped really low for about 8 hours. I candled a few days later (day 10) and there was lots of movement and everything looked great for 10 out of 12 eggs, whew! I wondered though if this might mean a late hatch because of the long period of low temp. Candled again on day 18 and didn't see obvious movement but did see good veining in all 10 eggs. I struggled a bit with getting the humidity to stay up during lockdown (had to add some sponges and did need to quickly open it up a few more times than I would have liked in order to add more warm water to them). I tried to be as quick as possible, never having the window open for more than a few seconds just to reach in and grab or replace a sponge. The temperature for some reason also doesn't want to stay steady. We are using a Little Giant forced air incubator, temp 99.5 (when it's steady) and humidity I'm trying to keep at 65% (it's jumped to about 70% for short times when re-wetting sponges, and has dipped as low at 55% when things start to dry out).
At about 11:30pm on Day 22 we saw our first external pip. Yesterday (day 23) just before noon we had a successful hatch of one strong, noisy little chick!
None of the others have pipped yet.
- Is it a bad sign that one egg has hatched more than 24hours before any of the others show any signs?? I don't want to disturb them yet, just in case (of course I'm afraid that the humidity issues and having to open up the incubator several times might have done more harm than good!), but how long should I wait to see if they might still hatch since it is already day 24?
- Our one little chick seems to be doing wonderfully (in the brooder now), but what if no others hatch... will she be okay alone?
Thank you very much for any help!