Originally Posted by Corgihome
I bought the still air incubator at thanksgiving. My first hatch I followed the directions that came with the incubator, I only hatched 4 out of 23 eggs. So I looked around on this site and I found someone who filled the channels with glass craft marbles, this helps keep a more consistent temperature throughout the incubator. I filled all the channels with water and refilled as my humidity dropped, I also raised the temp from 99.5 to 101. I pulled one red plug at day 7 and the other at day 19. This was better I got 14 out of 32 to hatch. The third hatch I read about dry hatching on backyard chickens. I kept the marbles in the channels but did not add water at all until lockdown. I also left both red plugs out the entire time. I kept the temp at 101. I added water soaked sponges in a few channels at lockdown and placed a straw in one of the smaller holes so I could add water without removing the lid. My hatch rate with the little giant still air using dry hatch was 27/32! And would have been even better but I had 2 malpositions that didn't make it.
Everyone's environment is different but for me dry hatch in the LG still air is the only way I'll hatch from now on.
For your dry hatching when you set the eggs you don't put any water at all correct ?
And then till lockdown (day18) you add the water how you described right ?
Just want to make sure because I want to raise my hatching not rate. Thank you !