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Hello,
I am one week past Day 21 and decided that the last 10 out of 12 were not going to obviously hatch. I need to know what went wrong so I don't repeat this again. I kept temp at 99.5 (it sometimes spiked about 103) & humidity at 65%. I used Farm Innovators pro series (clearly not referring to the owner) circulated air incubator. So, air fan, egg turner, yadda yadda. I decided to open some and see what happened how far in the development they got. I've opened 3 so far. They are small with lots of yolk. Does anybody out there have any clue? Keep in mind these are from a line of Greenfire farm chickens that a friend of mine owns. Out of the two that hatched, one was smaller and had curled toes that needed to be corrected.
Yes, I do have pics, but they are gross and I wasn't sure I should put that out there.
post #2 of 6
Sorry about your bad hatch. From what you say it sounds like your humidity was too high. 65% is what it should be for lockdown, but not for the whole incubation. You should try running it at about 30% next time. Also if you only have one thermometer, you might want to check its accuracy with another one to be sure it's reading correctly.
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Sorry about your bad hatch. From what you say it sounds like your humidity was too high. 65% is what it should be for lockdown, but not for the whole incubation. You should try running it at about 30% next time. Also if you only have one thermometer, you might want to check its accuracy with another one to be sure it's reading correctly.
30% humidity? Till lockdown? Wow!
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Yep, and just watch the air cell development. The most accurate way to keep track of it is weighing the eggs, but you could also compare to this chart:

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