2nd round what to do

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redhd077, Mar 27, 2011.

  1. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well my 1st hatch was a disaster! I stated with 17 eggs...lose one to a bloodring. One pipped and never did anything else and the rest i found were dead on day 25. So this is what I did last time and what I'm going to do this next time. All advise it welcomed!!

    1st hatch

    -a still air lg bator
    -auto egg turner till day 18
    -1 red vent plug out day 1-18
    -temp was 99-100 (there were times when it went up and down a little, but i am a stay at home mom so i checked on it ALL the time lol)
    -humidity day 1-18 i have no idea i added water every other day or every couple days. Figured out my hydrometer and on day 18 got my humidity up to 61%-63% when i put the red vent plug half over the vent hole and add water everyday sometimes more than once a day. Also had 1 1/2 cut up sponges in there to help with humidity.
    - placed eggs on the wire day 18


    Plans for next hatch

    -get a fan for my still air lg
    -auto egg turner
    -find a new place for the bator (first time it was in the laundry room right around the corner from the back door)
    -thinking of trying a dry incubation. Use paper towel in the little water things and over the wire to help keep up humidity
    -taking out both vent plugs on day 18 like the book to the bator says!!
    -using a couple of fish themometers


    What do ya think??
    -egg carton instead of on the wire on day 18
     
  2. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Sounds like your temps & humidity were good. Maybe it was the door? Too much cold air swirling around. You shouldn't need a fan - these bators have been hatching a long time.

    If they made it to the end then you had an issue at the end. If the humidity was too high during the first 2 weeks then maybe not enough water evaporated from the eggs? Then laying them down caused them to drown? I'm guessing.

    I use the carton method - has always worked. But honestly I don't know that it made any difference in the hatch rate.
     
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    I agree with the poster above. I think your humidity was too high early on. If too little water eveporates from the egg, the chicks drown.
     
  4. redhd077

    redhd077 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think the humidity was to high because i add water every other or every 2 days and had one plug out for the first part and then at the end i had to put my vent half covered and added a bunch of sponges. i dont know maybe that was it.
     

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