Day 21 of first hatch

luvmychikens65

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 17, 2013
20
4
26
I'm working on my first incubator batch of chicken eggs and not sure if I'm doing it right. I had one egg wiggling on day 19 and 20 but today it hasn't moved at all! I'm using a Little Giant incubator and the temp has been holding steady at 100.5 at the top of the eggs and not sure what the humidity is because I don't have a humidity gauge. I do have a small container with a small sponge and water as well as water in the water channels. Is that too much water? Has anyone else had this happen? Is this normal? I'm just a nervous wreck right now!
 

blucoondawg

Songster
6 Years
Jan 27, 2013
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You really need a hygrometer you can get one cheap from a pet store. Humidity needs to be monitored throughout the hatch. If levels are too low the chicks become shrink wrapped and died if it's too high they will drown. You can also monitor by candling the size of your air cells
 

luvmychikens65

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 17, 2013
20
4
26
I only have 9 that hatched out sucessfully. I'm going to get a hygrometer before I start another clutch. There were several that pipped but couldn't maneuver around to finish zipping. They were all backwards in their shells, trying to come out the narrow end so I guess that had something to do with it.
 

blucoondawg

Songster
6 Years
Jan 27, 2013
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Northern Wisconsin
Well 9 is better than 0, its a start anyways, the ones that were upside down could be an issue with high humidity, sometimes with too much humidity during the first 18 days the chicks will grow too large to be able to move around and position properly for pipping
 

luvmychikens65

In the Brooder
6 Years
Sep 17, 2013
20
4
26
I read where some people were not using any humidity for the first part of the hatch and having great success but I don't know if I'm brave enough to try that. It will help when I get the hygrometer for my next batch.
 

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