Day 22 - incubator dried out over night. One egg still working at dime-size hole (24hrs) . Can eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by schnauzerpup, May 5, 2016.

  1. schnauzerpup

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    Trouble with the humidity all along. Even with water in the bottom, only reached over 50% once in the last day, and then it dried out last night.

    I just water-tested a dozen eggs, and all seemed to "low float" - so maybe it is just a late-hatching bactch. But considering the low humidity, I'm worried that they will be able to pip. Out of 18 eggs, only 1 has pipped.

    So my question is - If the eggs had dried out, is it reasonable to think that they can hydrate enough to hatch?

    One egg pipped (dime-size hole) and has been working on it for 24 hours, but no dramatic progress overnight and seems a bit dry to me (it's also very noising). But I think the "save it or not" question comes up on other boards, so I'll look.

    I would be grateful to know your thoughts - this is my first hatch, and my toddler is hoping very much for the "chickies in the eggs"
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    First off, what incubator are you using and do you have your own thermometer/hygrometer inside or are you going by a readout on the incubator?

    Second, what was your hudmidity the first 17 days averaging?

    If the membranes aroundthe pip whole are nice white and papery that is good. If they are turning yellowish/brown and look leathery, then the membranes are drying and it may be neccessary to at least moisten them and make sure the inner membrane is not sticking.

    Helping is a personal decision. I do assist mine. I usually give them 24 hours and then start an assist and see how far I get w/o running into active veining.

    Feel free to join us on t he hands on hatching and help thread if you need assistance assisting.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help


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  3. schnauzerpup

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    Stillair Styrofoam incubator, no hydrometer. The earlier weeks were also in the 40s, and even now, with full reservoirs for a few hours, wet paper towels, and moisture/steam slightly fogging the glass, it STILL says 42%. That does make me skeptical of the built-in meter.

    I took a couple clearly separated pieces off, and they were indeed yellow and brown. The bird is mostly just chirping constantly; can't tell if it is just taking a break from working on the shell or maybe just given up and calling for help (Or maybe that's just me reading into it). I'll try moistening them, and check over at the assisting board you mention.

    Thanks for the reply and the info!
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    If you are using a Little Giant 9300 or 10300, you can't trust the digital read outs. The hygrometers on them are practically worthless and will remain the same with or w/o water. The temps are often off as much as 3 degrees as well. That's why I asked.
     
  5. schnauzerpup

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    Oh wow - I believe it. It's one of those exactly. Something to fix next time.

    I did find it was leaking water out of one of the reservoirs, but now it is definitely humid inside.
     

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