Originally Posted by cecornwe
Thanks Amy, I thought humidity was supposed to be around 50% but I will definetly try that! After you put the hygrometer and thermometer and adjust it is the little giant a good incubator? I'm just curious on what I should expect my hatch rate to be, thanks again.
50% is a highly recommended range-and while there are people who still use it and are successful, many more of us have found that that high, especially in the styro bators doesn't allow the egg to loose enough moisture over the incubation time and the chicks drown in the excess fluid. If you can incubate at 50% and still have proper air cell growth, great, but it's one of the first things I would recommend changing after having a sub-par hatch.
IF you can get the accurate temps and humidity you could have great hatches with the LG's (though I'd never recommend buying one...lol) You just can't trust the digital displays on the newer ones. You also have to keep an eye on temps because they can spike. I don't usually see too much spiking with my 9200 unless the humidity has gone down. The sensor on the 9300 can be a pain though and if that gets bumped around you can see more temp flunctuations.
I just finished a hatch this morning had 12/14 SHIPPED silkie eggs hatch (my avatar pic is one of them), 7/8 Spitz and 3/4 green nn eggs. My last hatch last season was 100. My previous hatches since I started in 2014 (with the exception of the 1st hatch) have been 80's & 90's%
A lot of the success is learning what works in your bator and with your eggs. Different things work for different people.