And I open mine constantly - funny how many different ways there are to do things If I'm worried about a humidity drop I just add a wet sponge while I'm in there. I've never had the experience of opening the incubator causing my eggs to die. Could be just a different area thing.
If you missed it---that was second group of words---""In My Area". With Newbie's I can not reply---its ok to Open it---because it might not be in the Newbie's area---might cause a lot of hatching problems. Having Read 1000's of post I do not read "Most all my chicks died because I did NOT open my incubator the last 3 days", most of my reading is people having major problems , most of those are the ones that open at will----Like I did in the beginning---very low hatch rate and problems------SO I suggest for them to leave it closed---I feel a newbie would have a better chance---till they learn.
If you are hatching 85 to 100% of fertile eggs----don't change a thing----its working for you, but we can not tell someone in a different area its ok to open during lock-down because it might cause a Major problem. In my area I can probably come up with 25 to 30 people that I have helped in the last year with their hatch by just telling to Not Open at all during Lock down and I see(on FB) them now telling others in our area to leave it closed because of such great hatches they are having now-----so Yep----Its a Location thing sounds like.
One other Question----why Do You have to open your incubator constantly??? I never open mine during the last 3 days and I have no problem as well as 95 to 100% hatch rates. I have monitored 100's of broody hens I have set------None of them get off their eggs the last 2 to 3 days---That's where I learned some of my knowledge from---Broodies.
Edited by PD-Riverman - 5/26/16 at 1:21pm