Concerned about weight loss

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FLMomRN, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. FLMomRN

    FLMomRN Out Of The Brooder

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    Today is day 7 for my Muscovy eggs. This is my first time trying to hatch anything. From the research I've done I came up with a weight loss goal of 14% total for the 5 week incubation period, or roughly 2.8% per week. My humidity has ranged from about 33-44%. I'm attempting a somewhat "dry" incubation but I keep about 2 Tbsp. of water on a tiny dish about 1-inch round to keep the humidity from dropping into the 20s.

    I have 15 eggs in the incubator. If I calculate them as a whole the loss for the first week was 2.63% which looks great. Individually, however, the numbers are all over the place and I'm not quite sure what to make of it. It may not be a big deal but my plan was the use my weight loss results to determine if I need to increase or decrease my humidity for the following week.

    Here are my results from week one:


    Egg #

    Start
    2/7

    Weight / %
    2/14
    1


    65g

    63g / 3.07%
    2

    66g

    65g / 1.51%
    3

    67g

    67g / 0.00%
    4

    61g

    59g / 3.27%
    5

    61g

    60g / 1.63%
    6

    72g

    72g / 0.00%
    7

    58g

    56g / 3.44%
    8

    77g

    75g / 2.59%
    9

    59g

    56g / 5.08%
    10

    75g

    73g / 2.66%
    11

    74g

    72g / 2.70%
    12

    75g

    72g / 4.00%
    13

    65g

    62g / 4.61%
    14

    75g

    73g / 2.66%
    15

    74g

    72g / 4.00%​

    Part of me thinks maybe I just have a bad scale but I did use the same one both weeks so I figured even if it's off it should be off by the same amount this time. Of course at this stage even 1 gram makes a big difference. Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

    ~Cammie
     

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