Changing bators mid-stream???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by perolane, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Got 24 showgirl eggs in the same day my LG died (before I put the eggs in). We were leaving for vacation that afternoon. I had no choice but to put eggs in husbands quail bator. He keeps the temp @ 99.5, but the humidity at around 75%. I feel the humidity is too high, but he gets great quail hatches & refuses to lower it because he already had 100 quail eggs in there. I was in a jam...so in they went. We use different bators to keep peace in the family. [​IMG]

    New bator I ordered was waiting when we got home. Got it set up & temp/humidity stable @ 99.5 and 45% humidity. I transfer the eggs quickly to new bator on the 10th day of incubation.

    SOOO....are there any ill effects I can expect from this move...lowering the humidity on the 10th day after it was so high the previous 9 days?? Anyone else ever have to do this??? I candled the eggs...had to pitch 10 due to no development (shipped eggs)...the rest look great....embryos look a little large due to the high humidity, but keeping my fingers crossed that I can get a few SG's out of this mess! Expected hatch date Aug 9th.
     
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If it was me, and I am no expert by any means, I would leave upping the humidity in lockdown until your first pip. Lots of people do this anyway here. Stop turning day 18 as normal. I got one bator I can't get below 60% for main incubation aand am not very happy with it but will not increase at the end, just periodically mist the eggs in stead.
     

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