Originally Posted by harrellkd
How many water troughs in the bottom are you using during lock down? Both were full
Humidity is controlled by water surface---the more surface the higher the humidity. Sure a sponge adds water surface but do you really need it??? I couldn't get it to stay high enough without it, so I placed it where I could add hot water to it without opening the incubator
I do app 35% then 70% or so for the hatch, But I do not feel humidity is your main problem.
Do you heat your water to app 100 degree's before adding it?? Yes, and I use purified bottled water
Do you hand turn the eggs or use a turner---if hand turn how often? Turner
Do you candle and remove any "bad" eggs at lock-down? Yes
About how many eggs are you setting each time? 12-16
Does your temp stay pretty accurate the whole time? Yes, it actually does really well
Oh, what brand incubator are you using? Farm Innovators 2100 with added Farm Innovators air circulator
Does the incubator have a fan inside? Yes.
Do not believe everything you read---some say """as long as none have pipped it does not hurt to open the incubator"" I 100% do not agree with that in "MY" area. Might not hurt in your area then it might??? Ok thank you! I assume it's always best to be safe rather than sorry anyway!
I use a Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance for incubating, but recently threw in some more eggs mid-incubation, so I bought a FI 2100 to use as a hatcher. I've hatched in it twice now, with pretty good results. I did have one temperature spike though. It sounds like you are doing everything fine, so maybe its just the quality of the eggs? Parent stock? I may have missed where you got the eggs, so if I did, I apologize.
I would also suggest testing different zones of the incubator for temperature variations. I've done small batches in mine (7-20 eggs), and was able to place them all in a square, not exactly directly under the heating element, but just inside the square. I feel that kept each egg more consistent.
Concerning humidity -- I filled the 2 long wells, and the center square (or actually the moat around the actual center square), and I also added a couple of small (2" x 3" ish) sponges, in case I needed a quick humidity bump. That keeps mine right about 65-70%, which is where I like it for my area.
Good luck! And don't give up!