21 Days tomorrow humidity is a nightmare & I just heard 1 chirping

chicktwit

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The brinsea eco keeps the perfect temp. It never fluctuated. I adjusted the humidity on day 18 (my hygrometer is off but not the same amt every time). After I finally got it where it needed to be it did great till Sun nite & seemed to get a little high. I opened the vent a little & it got back to normal then reset the vent. Got up at 6 & it read 30%. I have tried all day to get it to where it needs to be. You have to know it has rained all day outside. I'm trying to not get depressed but at this rate I'll be lucky to get 1. But I just now heard chirping. WOW!! I can't see a pip or zip. This is hard. The temptation is awful. I know how important this is. I've been testing the brooder all weekend to make sure the temp will be OK.
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brendapa

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I have the Brinsea Eco.

Do you have water in both wells? You probably need to increase the surface water to increase the humidity. Cut up some new sponges and soak em in water and put them along the edges.
This worked for me when I was geting used to it pror to my eggs being set. I also squirt water down into the wells using a long straw, so I do not have to open the lid.

I have matting material or wicking material in both wells. The idea is to pull the water up more towards the surface and increase evaporaton/humidity.

Brenda

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chicktwit

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Yes I did but it managed to evaporate I guess. I even have a towel in there too. I did squirt some water in the bater thru a straw & seems to be helping I gotta baby 2am this morning & 2 more moved eggs 1 is breaking egg shell off but I had to go to work. I'm checking at lunch. Busy Bee is crawling all over everything between naps. She tried to peck the top screen. I wanna get a pic. I hope I can later. I really hope more are able to hatch. This accurite hygrometer is inconsistent. I can't fault the brinsea at all it's holding steady all the way.
 

brendapa

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The towel should work to help the humidity level.

It sounds like you are doing great!
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Now, I'm going to say what everybody says, don't open the bator!
(What do I know? It's my 1st bator hatch also
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Keep us posted, I can't wait 'till you get home from work for an update.

Brenda
Who does believe a good broody is the hen that laid the golden egg.
 

chicktwit

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I have one more who is partially zipped but its very slow. Busy is hunkered down next to it after playing foot ball with it yesterday. Busy was born 2am Mon morn. Yea I was up too. She can't stay in there forever. 3 days I think is Thurs 2 am. The 3rd egg is still quiet after initial sound & movement. I think I gotta decide what to do by tomorrow evening. Hopefully the other little one will be out of the shell. I wish I could've counted on that hygrometer a little better. It was here I found out how to test it. Too late for this hatch. I know those eggs were fertile. I did candle. Now looks like the 1 I put from my pen a day later has pipped. It's a large med color brown egg. When I candled I thought it was baby huey with good air pocket. Maybe my barnvelder or my blue/buff orp hen's egg. I'm gonna watch Busy B & the rest closely.
 

chicktwit

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Here's a pic of who has made it. I truly felt Busy might go downhill if I didn't pull them. Her 3 days out was up tonite. The dark one is Baby Huey from one of my eggs. He exploded out this morning. He bolted out & started scrambling B4 he got all his egg yolk absorbed. He's a mutt & has black legs. Up close he's wierd looking but got some gold fluff in all that. He doesn't have 5 toes but those black legs are telling me a different story.

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