Originally Posted by OldMissionChick
I have 2 thermometer & one digital thermometer/hygrometer. Thermometers were calibrated digital ran on trust since it matched the thermometer temps. Tried hand turning but it was a bit much with that many eggs turning 3x a day. So I have an auto turner. Maybe I should get some eggs from someone who has had successful hatches.
I think that might be a good idea. I don't know why you're having such bad luck. But your fertility seems a little low, right? Just don't give up!! We're all here to support you and get you a great hatch!
Originally Posted by FridayYet
To be honest, I'd worry that that much handling would lower your hatch rate.
X2. I hate to say it because I seriously love candling but I agree. Megan, in my last hatch, I waited till night time when the house was dark and just shined the flashlight into the eggs while they were in the incubator. I checked for healthy veins every night without ever touching them. Then I checked air cell size and movement on days 7,14,18 to see if I had quitters. But I didn't handle them at all and I was able to see everything I needed to doing it this way while staying hands off. Maybe you could try it and see if it satisfies the urge!
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
My best hatch was from my pullets that had only been laying 4-6 weeks at the time I collected. 21 went in, one quite by day 5 the rest made it to lockdown and hatched perfectly. If the size of the eggs are decent and the pullets egg making is all kosher, then there shouldn't be a problem. I don't know if shipping with pullets is any worse than shipping with more major eggs though.
For one, exploding eggs though they can
happen are not all that common, especially later in the hatch. Chances are (not always, nothing is certain) you will smell a bad egg before it gets to the eggsplosion point. Everyone knows I love to candle. I candle (a few, not all) every night when incubating to get my fix and spot check. But here's the thing: I don't do shipped eggs, (yet anyway). Even I understand and admit the logic behind less is better for an egg that has been abused through the postal service. In all honesty you think you maybe protecting yourself from a bad egg episode, but you may be weakening an already weak egg. Now you can do what others do and take the theory that you only want the strongest and enable your candling more or you can side on the giving them the opportunity to strengthen by lessoning your intervention thus giving them slightly better chances. I always say to do what's comfortable for you [the hatcher] if it's working no matter what anyone says, but I also believe that if something isn't working you should probably change your methods-at least for the changing circumstances.
I don't think they were shipped. But it seems like they've had it rough, just from the seller! If I started having a lot quit, I would try to leave them alone for a few days and see. Her batch seems like shipped, doesn't it!