okay, it was my first successful try at hatching eggs. I have a cheapo yellow made in china incubator off of ebay. (48 egg size) already had to replace the electric cord which is why I lost the 1st and 2nd attempts.
this time I had started with 18 biel eggs. post office broke one, so 17 went in.
alarm for humidity was preset at 44%. so was trying to keep it from 45-55% most of the time. (I had wide swings on humidity.. I had it set up in my bedroom so I could hear it at night, but wouldn't always get it checked on time in the day which is why it sometimes would get down to the 30's before I would catch it..
did not have wide temp swings, seemed to be very steady with temps at least.
candled at day 7, and 7 looked to be clears. did have several loose air cells)
candled at day 14, 10 still developing.. marked wrong end of shell for air.. oops
lockdown at day 18, again marked wrong end of shell for air, was worried I had too much moisture swings to the high.. did finally bump humidity up to 65% area for lockdown time.
9 pipped and hatched on their own. (this is where I finally figured out I had marked wrong end) lol
1 pipped, and I helped this one out of the shell. good thing too, it was my 4th and last female.
1 never pipped, finally did an eggtopsy.. fully formed, egg sack not absorbed, head tucked but to the center of the egg. i did the float test before I had given up on this one.
so have 10 live 9 day old biels out of the 17 eggs put in the incubator. 6 males and 4 females.
at 7 days post hatch, went back and weighed 6 clears, which ranged from 1.75 to 2.0 ounces via old postal spring scale. unpipped egg weighed 2.0 ounces.
then I weighed chicks on same day (7 days old)
the six males = 2.5, 1.5, 2.75, 2.8, 2.0 & 2.75 ounces
the four females = 1.5, 2.5, 2.5 and the one I helped was 2.5 ounces (surprised me)
using the blooie heating pad method, they started feathering in 4 days, inside a clear plastic open tote, inside a wire dog crate, inside a 72 degree house. all are active, on dumor chick starter (doesn't say medicated). and plain well water.
edited to add:
I live in a dry brittle environment area. the outside daytime humidity is about 18% most days, inside the house is roughly 30%. and this is spring before the high temps hit. if it's only 18% now with high and critical fire dangers, without rains, it will drop even more.. I have seen it go so low in outside humidity that it didn't even register on my weather thingie.. sighs
Edited by bluejean55girl - 3/22/16 at 11:10am