1st timer 80% hatch rate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by deshet, Nov 25, 2015.

  1. deshet

    deshet Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2015
    Worked with a local farmer to get some good eggs.
    I did not add a drop of water until lock down.
    Lockdown humdity was at 70-80%
    Southern Eastern Virginia has a standard humdity level of about 40%
    I did not candle the eggs at all
    I did not bother the eggs at all
    I did not mess with anything.

    I just used my automatic turner and took them out after they all dryed.
    I will check the eggs that did not hatch to see if the started to develop at all.

    I am using a retired Laboratoy incubator.

    I talked to several older people and they said a egg won't smell rotten enough to worry about unless it is cracked. They said a egg won't blow up unless your temps are too high. After listen to several older people that have been doing this for years I decided that all of the checks people do on different dates cause more issues then it is worth.

    I will try this a few more time and report back.

  2. blucoondawg

    blucoondawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    I have only run a few batches in my incubator and I tend to agree with you, I've never had an egg explode even though I run a little warm anyways, my chicks hatch around 18-19 days. My best hatch was a dry hatch that I didn't candle at all
  3. deshet

    deshet Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 6, 2015
    I think the checking on eggs and blasting developing embroys with bright lights causes more problems then it is worth.

    Commercial hatcherys don't do all of the checking and I would assume they probably hatch around 90% or better.

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