Originally Posted by tracyjg
One issue chicken eggs need to be 60-65 humidity not to go over 70. 99.5 temp not to go over 100.00. And duck eggs 99.5 temp not to exceed 100.00 and at 50-55 on good day. At lockdown. Some say open incubator and spay with water. I have found it kills chicken eggs very quickly. Leaving it alone works better. But we have tryed a number of it last batch. And struggled. Need a better way to hatch all together and mixed between incubators. Let alone trying to deal with emergency. And at the end of last hatch we all got sick so it didn't help much.
During incubation many have found that low humidity works better. As for hatch humidity I use 75%. Again, there's things to take into consideration such as the habits of the hatcher. Temps are going to depend on the bator. I have only seen a couple people that actually mist chicken eggs and I was like "what?" the first time heard this. Usually my hatches pop like pop corn, no problems pipping zipping, no deaths during pipping zipping, almost non existent post hatch deaths. I don't usually have leg problems or navel issues.
Now, with that being said, this last hatch I just finished I noticed that a good share of my Spitz were hatching with a tiny...I mean like hair width size of ubilicus attatched. That is never an issue with my hatches-BUT this hatch I had to run with higher humidity for the Silkies. I couldn't run at my normally low humidity. I noticed small differences in this hatch that I can only attribute to the difference in the method that I ran with.