Dickey hatching tray question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Scraps, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. Scraps

    Scraps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first try using the hatching tray, this is day 19. I moved 12 to the bottom tray and I have around 70 eggs setting with more in the kitchen that I need to add. I've kept the bator at 45% for the last 3 weeks which is what has worked for me in the LG. Both vents are open 1/3 of the way.

    My question...if I add another pan of water or a big sponge will the rise in humidity harm the eggs that are setting? Or, do I break the golden rule of keeping the bator shut and mist the hatching tray eggs 3 times a day like Mr. Dickey suggested?

    This is stressful! I hate to kill them all while I sit here trying to figure this out on my own...
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hopefully someone will know
     
  3. peepsnbunnies

    peepsnbunnies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 31, 2007
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    I had the same delimma. I ended up bringing out the LG again and using it as a hatcher. That way I can keep eggs of various ages in the Dickey and raise the humidity where it needs to be for hatching in the LG. [​IMG]

    It has worked perfectly for me.

    Lisa
     
  4. Scraps

    Scraps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually have 2 LG's. #1 has some turkeys in it on day 26 and I read some place that it wasn't a good idea to hatch poults and chicks together [​IMG]
    LG #2 has little teeny tiny Serama eggs in it that are on day 19. I read that they usually hatch a day or 2 early. That left the 12 standard size eggs that I couldn't figure out what to do with so I put them in the hatching tray. Humidity is at 62% right now, I may just mist them before I go to bed and hope for the best!
     
  5. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
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    stick with Mr. Dickey's method. the machine is designed to be used in that manner. adding sponges, moisture pads etc. are not good choices for that bator. [​IMG]
     
  6. HappyHatch'en

    HappyHatch'en Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Call Mr. Dickey...he will give you his recommendation...he is available for your questions and there are no dumb questions....he is very understanding.
     

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