- Jul 22, 2016
This is my first year incubating and hatching chicks. I gathered 18 eggs and placed them in my incubator that has an air recirculator and rotates the eggs automatically. I kept the humidity level at 50% for the first week as suggested by someone here j believe (in order not to have chicks partially develop and drown from lack of dehydrating) then I raised the humidity to 60% and then to 65-70% for the last three days. At the start of the 3 day lockdown I removed the egg rotator, raised the humidity and didn't touch it again until we got our first 2 chicks. After they fluffed I removed those chicks to the brooder and the next day we got 3 more which fluffed and were removed. Through out all of the incubation time the temp was consistent at 99.5. I waited 5 more days and not one more chick. I just cracked them open today and every single egg was not only fertilized but developed to what looked to be full maturity or darn close. This is the 3rd round like this since May this year. The first batch I only got 7 out if 26 and most of those were the same. Almost all fertilized and to the point of hatching maturity but died in the egg. The 2nd round I collected 12 eggs and only got one chick. I have done a lot of research and I'm really at a loss as to why some hatch, healthy as can be and the majority die in their shells. Please advise.