3 of 40 hatched help

gogo10131

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 23, 2010
59
1
41
San Diego, CA
This was the first time that I've tried to hatch some chicken eggs. For my hatch I'm using a GQF Model 1588 Genesis Hovabator Egg Incubator with a egg turner. I started out with 40 eggs that i purchased near by and some from my own hens. When i went into lockdown there were 30 good fertile eggs. With the particular model its already pre-set to 99.5 and the thermometer read the same thing throughout. I don't know what went wrong. The 3 that did hatched, all hatched a day before they were do, if that helps. Any help would be great. Below is a pic of the actual incubator i was using and some of the eggs that i was using. I need all the advice i can get as i plan to try again.






 

EggSpudition

Songster
9 Years
Feb 2, 2010
150
4
111
Boise
My Coop
I'm so sorry-- this has been a pretty bad year for shipped eggs in case that might be a factor. I'm set 4 batches-- and still no chicks..
 

chickee

Crowing
10 Years
Apr 20, 2010
3,756
171
266
Sierra foothills, California
I have a Genesis 1588 and the first time I used it (don't trust the settings) the temps were a bit high (causes an early hatch) so I went ahead and calibrated it back to the factory settings per included instructions. It is always a good idea to set up your incubater several days ahead of time to check temps with a thermometer and get your humidity where you want it by using a hygrometer. With unshipped eggs 40% humidity has been working well for me. Too little humidity cause the chicks to become shrink wrapped and too much humidity cause them to drown. I use a reptile hygrometer that I got at the pet store called Exo Terra brand. Humidity is VERY important for a good hatch!!! GOOD LUCK with your next hatch!
 
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gogo10131

In the Brooder
9 Years
May 23, 2010
59
1
41
San Diego, CA
I honestly didn't pay that much attention to the humidity. What should it be before lock down and during lock down? Or do you always keep the humidity the same?
 

Mrs. Feathers

Songster
9 Years
Apr 2, 2010
743
3
149
I love my reptile hygrometer too....best $15 I have spent. I see you have the same thermometer that I had ...came with my hovabator...mine was REALLY off...like 3 degrees low. I tossed it after having a hatch of 3/18 (early too probably because of the higher temp and inaccurate humidity) and bought a decent digital thermometer. For that hatch I also cheaped out and thought I could trust filling the proper trays to give me the correct humidity....wrong....and I lost out big time. I also hatch local eggs now. I don`t get the variety that I am somewhat envious of seeing the lovely variety breed hatches people get...although I do tend to have successful hatches (don`t want to jinx things as I have 14 eggs in the bator now
).
Good luck with future hatches and I would really recommend the hygrometer and decent thermometer...from someone who learned the hard way.
 

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