Originally Posted by ahranch
OK, I tried doing the "dry" hatch as suggested. I put 12 ring necked/melanistic mutant pheasant eggs and 1 turkey egg in the ReptiPro 5000. They all should have hatched on or about the 10th of Feb. Today is the 23rd and I've got nothing. There are embryos in the eggs but there is no evidence that they ever tried to pipe through. Other types of eggs have hatched in the past, but the last 2 times I have tried pheasants and have gotten nothing. Are pheasants extra hard to hatch or could it be my ReptiPro. I'm about ready to give up on my ReptiPro and go with another incubator.
We can give you a better idea of what went wrong if you can give a little more info:
were these eggs shipped in or from your birds / local?
At what temperature did you incubate?
Did you calibrate your hygrometer?
What was your humidity during lockdown?
Did you do an "eggtopsy"?.. if so were the chicks wet, dry, malformed, large yolk, (any other details you can give us).. was the membrane rubbery?, dry?.. hard?.. thick?
a lot of people swear that turkeys are hard to hatch.. i've never had a problem with them.. basically Kevin Porter and my family hatch turkeys out the same way.. I always get excellent results following this method:
in the past I have had better luck using a still air bator for pheasants rather than a forced air.. and I have never tried using the Reptipro for pheasants.. so I can't say one way or the other if it would make enough of a difference to matter... though they do seem to be pickier about it than any other bird i have ever hatched ..
for these guys I have always gone with 45 to 50% humidity during incubation (that may vary with your location.. but I, personally, have never had pheasants hatch out with dry incubation methods)
many things can go wrong during incubation to cause chicks to die in the shell.. many times it's not even your fault or that of the incubator.. but kind of hard for us to say for sure with out more info