Well I'm on day 21 and I couldn't get the humidity over 40% for some reason. I was trying the dry method and added water on day 18. What can I expect, no pipping yet and only 1 egg rocking, all the ones in the bator are definitely developed but what do I do to keep them from dying now?
Day 21 humidity low
Is there a hole in the incubator (or plug) where you can take a spray bottle of water and spray water in. If it is a small incubator, you might could even try putting a straw through a hole to the water tray to add more water. You definitely do not want to open the incubator.
For some ideas on how to control the humidity of future hatches, what kind of incubator are you using?
Taylor Hobby Farms
Taylor Hobby Farms
Your hygrometer is probably off... humidity will naturally rise as the chicks begin to hatch.. wet chicks = high humidity
so long as there isn't a fan blowing directly on them then they should hatch just fine (assuming the humidity has been correct during incubation).. IF they start getting stuck in the shells you can assist.. but assisting too early will only cause problems (broken blood vessels and un-absorbed yolk).. so it's best to wait until it's absolutely necessary
also... don't plug vent holes.. they are there to help with fresh air exchange. (fresh air helps prevent carbon dioxide poisoning). For large hatches or for things like goose or emu eggs it's best to make sure there is plenty of fresh air exchange going on..
as the chicks grow in the shell they need more oxygen than a newly set egg.. not enough oxygen = dead chicks
Just think of it this way.. when a hen hatches out her chicks she doesn't run over and dunk her behind in a dish of water to make the humidity rise..
So relax and just observe.. no need to rush in unless there is a serious problem.
You should be fine then.. did your temperature stay constant throughout incubation?
If it dipped down any then you may have to add a day or two to your incubation.
When is the last time you candled and how did they look?