Good morning all! I hope everyone had a good Easter. The weather was absolutely stunning up here but my aunt in BR told me that it rained all day yesterday down there. One problem with country life is no internet hence the delayed Easter wishes.
Thank you for the ideas on incubating the eggs that will be here Wednesday. One question, my dry humidity is 48%. Is that too low for the first week or so? I've read that I need to take the humidity up for the last part of the incubation to compensate for the lower water available in the egg. Some of the sites suggest 60%. Does that sound about right?
I think that someone (Pam?) mentioned allowing the eggs to sit for 3 days after laying. I assume that since these will be at least 3 days old by the time I get them that maybe only 1 day would be ok?
Sorry for all the questions. Some of the information on the threads seem to contradict. Thanks!
What your humidity needs to be at will change depending on where you live, what incubator you have, and even what room of the house you place it in. In my personal experience for almost all my breeds, however, is to have a low humidity around 40%-35% during incubation. On day 18 when you remove them from the turner or stop turning them by hand, I increase my humidity to 60% or more. Since our climate is so humid, I had a lot of trouble with the eggs not losing enough water during incubation. This caused the chicks to grow too large and be unable to hatch. I ended up with fully formed chicks that didn't do anything after day 18, but would hatch if I assisted them. If the chicks did hatch, they would be gunky and dirty with bits of the shell attached. The high humidity at hatch time insures they do not stick to the shell or dry out while they are hatching, so your numbers sound right.
Edited by forgetful - 3/28/16 at 10:05am