14-18% weight loss on Day 18 - able to correct?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by williamsl77, Feb 2, 2012.

  1. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bunch of eggs due to hatch on Sunday. Weighed them today as I put them in lockdown. They have all lost about 6 grams. The initial weights of the eggs ranged from 33 to 42 grams. This is about 14-18% weight loss. Is this too much? I know you can't correct this in only 3 days of lockdown, but should I really crank the humidity to prevent more weight loss?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any thoughts? Guess I bump the humidity up to 75%.
     
  3. Melissa Rose

    Melissa Rose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be careful bumping the humidity too high! They can drown if it is [​IMG][​IMG]. I dry incubate because our natural humidity is so high and I wait for a pip before I increase the humidity. I have had eggs that I thought lost too much moisture and I tried raising it really high for the last few days and I ended up losing a great deal of them. When I cracked them open to see it looked like they had drowned in the shell [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think my chickies died when my humidty was 71%. Really I dont know why they died. They were alive before lockdown...

     

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