Originally Posted by Erin~TheChickenLover
Since you guys have been talking about misinformation and all, it reminds me. I had a lot of trouble with my last hatch. The eggs got to over 104 degrees, maybe even up to 106 degrees, and then they got down to below 85 degrees when my broody left the nest for more than a day and a half. It made for some really awful hatching conditions. But still, 7 out of 10 eggs hatched into 7 beautiful healthy chicks and I think that's pretty good. A lot of people on some of the threads I've seen start having a panic if they bump an egg in the incubator, let some hot air out by accident, if the temp varies half a degree, ect, ect. Maybe I'm just lucky or a miracle happened, but it does not seem to me that the eggs will die if they don't stay at a perfect 98 degrees with a perfect humidity. What are you guys thoughts on this? What do ya'll think the problem is when a whole batch or most of a batch of eggs don't hatch? I've always wondered about it.
when I 1st started incubating I was crazy about temps. All worried about it. Then I started having broody hens. A lot of them. I watched them closely. I have to say I was really worried about my 1st couple of broody's. They would be off the nest longer than they were "supposed" to be, eggs weren't always under them etc. You know what? When I do use the bator now I just don't worry as much. I keep the temp as stable as possible and watch the humidity, but I don't get crazy about a temp spike or temp crash. My broody's aren't worried about it, so I'm not going to worry about it either.
The broody's also taught me about "saving" a chick. If the mama's aren't going to try to save a week chick, I'm not either. Chickens survived just fine on their own for 10,000 years or so without human intervention. If anything we have weakened them.
This Sumatra hen named Mama hatches her broods everytime in a hot in the summer, cold in the spring tin shed. During part of her sitting this last time we had a stretch of low 90 degree weather, and the shed was easily 100 degree's. She sat on her eggs and this is the result.
I don't sweat the little things.