Day 18 what do i do

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by duck&chickencrazy, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    well basically its day 18 and i am not sure completly on what i am supposed to do. Some one please help.
  2. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    This is when you stop turning the eggs and crank up the humidity a notch or two. If you've been turning by hand, there isn't much you need to do except stop. If you're using an auto-turner, it's time to unplug it. The instructions recommend placing the eggs on the wire and removing the turner completely so the chicks have plenty of room to hatch and move around. You may be able to get by with leaving the eggs in the turner, but then you'll have to clean the trays after the hatch.

    You want to increase the humidity to the range of 50%-60%. This will help keep the membranes from drying out as the chicks start pipping and zipping. Do all that you can to avoid opening the incubator between the time you stop turning and the time all the chicks have hatched.

    Wait, watch, eat, sleep, and eventually you'll have some cute little fluffy bottoms in there.

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