Hello everyone! I'm pretty new to chickens and am embarassed to admit that I am currently ATTEMPTING to hatch my 5th clutch of eggs (1 survivor to date) Here's my current stats:
Using a Brinsea Octagon Eco 20, hand turning
humidity at 40-50% with a recently calibrated Accurite hygro/therm
temp steady at 99-100*
set a dozen silkie eggs on 5-6 and weighed everyone that day
So! After stalking this site for the last few months, but unable to post from my phone, I am now desperate (and able to post) to finally get things right. I (think I have) have learned from researching and doing sickening amounts of eggtopsies that no one has shrink wrapped as MOST never even internally pipped. EVERY egg was viable at lockdown, EVERY time. Admittedly, the first time (before this site:) I opened the bator after lockdown twice, only to add water but no one had pipped. Humidity was 50% for 18, then 60-70% after lockdown. I started doing some research and concluded that they drowned? To make a long story short, 2 pullets that I bought ended up being roo's and I couldnt help but try again. AND again. I've altered the humidity in 10% increments with each set and still had no luck. They are always alive and well at lockdown, and then nothing. I bought the kitchen scale hoping to monitor them more closely. We are at day 5 and many have lost a gram already so I closed the vent to just a crack....
What the heck to I keep doing wrong??? Most of the chicks still had yolk sacs attached and my one survivor had to be helped and had splay leg. None of the last hatch even pipped internally but all were postitioned correctly and they didn't appear dry...both membranes looked fine but who knows, I don't have much to compare them to as I've never seen a 'normal' hatch. I never realized things could be this diificult and it is very disheartening. I live in the city so the roo's have to go but I'd love some babies to hold back from them. Please help....
Edited by rescuechick29 - 4/12/12 at 10:43am