Lucky1: If I could take some of your time... could you describe exactly what the shrink wrapping LOOKED like? In detail? Or do you have a good pic? In my last 2 hatches I had a lot of chicks that i thought were shrink wrapped (but I am new to this!!) that I helped out. Now, some people on here (and I know their intentions are good!) are telling me that the rubbery type membrane that I saw was NOT shrink wrapping, it was due to too high humidity, ans they recommend a lower humidity than people usually say. And it was a lot of people telling me this, not just a few,.. What do you think? Were your membranes rubbery in texture? Is that what shrink wrapping is? My humidity was pretty good all the way through, and high at the end, so I have no idea why the membranes would be dry (AKA shrink wrapping). Does anyone have anything they could add here?
Sorry MA Mama, dont really know what they look like, i am also very new to this and my first batch of eggs ever are on day 10 in my incubator, but i might be able to find a definition for you. And also i have learned that there are 3 different way to incubate 1. Humidity 40-60% until day 18 2. Humidity 30-40% until day 18 3.some people dont even bother with humidity, they run the incubator for the first 18 days wihtout adding a single drop of water, so it really depends on the person.
Here is a short thing about it if that helps you any:
Day 18 of incubation the eggs should stop being turned and the door to the incubator should be opened as little as possible. You do not want all of your precious humidity escaping and leaving your eggs in dry air. This can cause a shrink wrap effect of the membrane when the egg shell is broken by the chick- meaning the membrane will clling to the new baby chick. This can cause them to becaught and thus unable to emerge from the egg and suffocated.