In the Brooder
- Mar 21, 2018
This is my first time incubating chicken eggs. Im using the Hova Bator 1602n still air, turning eggs myself every 8 hrs ( I stopped turning day 18) I had set 8 eggs on 2/27/18. Since its a Hova Bator there were many temp fluctuations I did my beat to keep it at a steady 100.5 to 101.5 while I was awake. There were maybe 2 days (not in a row) were I checked and the temp rose to 102. I didn't get a hygrometer until day 5 of incubation, so the humidity levels before day 6 I didn't track. After day 6 however, humidity was at a steady 35 -40%. Everything was going perfectly until 3/6/18 when my husband got hospitalized and stayed for 3 days. During those 3 days I had my father n law turning the eggs for me, I candled on day 10 and of 8 eggs only 3 were viable and moving beautifully. On day 11 I had to take my husband back to the hospital for a couple of hours, but during the time i was gone my Father n law turned my eggs and I came home to black marks on 2 of my viable eggs. I candled on day 18 and saw only 1 viable moving and growing baby chickie. The other 2 stopped developing my guess at day 11 or 12. On lockdown i rose the humidity to 70-75% and dropped the temp to 99.5 according to everything I researched now its day 22 and nothing, no rocking, no pip and no peep. I am devestated, is there even a chance of this one making it? BTW after more research I learned the temp in a still air had to be at 100.5 to 101. I guess all this is a lesson learned for my next batch. Guess my questions are does my lone survivor have a chance? Is it too late to candle? Should I just stop now and prepare the Bator for a new batch?