Originally Posted by failla525
Thank you all for your help w/lockdown timing suggestions and info ... need some more help.
I increased humidity and took eggs out of turner late last night. I followed incubator instructions. I watched the humidity levels start to increase and then finally went to bed. Early this morning a chick has pipped/piped but the humidity has leveled off at 57%. Throughout the hatch the humidity reading on the hygrometer (following incubator instructions for days 1 - 18) was about 47% most of the time.
Should I quickly add a damp sponge to the incubator? This is my first hatch and I don't want to hurt the chicks.
Well, the chick that pipped this morning has hatched!!! I was gone all afternoon and night, so I'm not sure when it finished its hatch. It's soooo cute and loves being talked to. No other pips yet, not sure why one went so early??
I locked down Tuesday night because I started my hatch on Friday night, March 16th, instead of noon on the 17th.
Again, this is my first hatch. Out of 52 eggs to start with, I locked down 49!!! They all looked good, except for the blue and green eggs I couldn't see inside of. Is it possible for them all to hatch? I'm so nervous for the chicks, what could happen to them between now and hatch? I'm totally excited to see what happens ... I guess I was only expecting about half the chicks to hatch, can't believe they are doing so well so far!!