Disappointing hatch with new incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by muddyrunfarm, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. muddyrunfarm

    muddyrunfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    I have a used 1502 Sportsman & I am new to this. I had 12 eggs due the 21st. 9 of them were almost in their original state like on the first day. the last three were pipping but I suspect (dont know here) that the humidity was not what it should be. The humidity reader was never showing the correct temp needed. Actually the therm WOULD show the right temp only in a certain spot of the incubator. the humidity read was always low but I had a sponge, a wet
    rag, and a total of THREE pans of water in there which I would think has to be enough so what else could be wrong ??? I left
    the venting holes opened as they suggested but I would almost think the
    vent holes need to be covered up in order to keep the heat/
    moisture in. I bought this unit and it was suppose to be in
    good working order (everything preset for chickens) so I am wondering what I need to do to
    fix this .. possibly one chick may make it but the poor thing
    is weak.
  2. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    Do you think the thermometer, etc., may need to be replaced? Try putting another thermometer in there and see if they read similarly or if one is way off.
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    I would suspect your humidity was too high, with all the water you had in there.
  4. Sasquatch

    Sasquatch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 3, 2008
    The first few batches are always difficult. Keep a daily journal and that will help you fine tune.
  5. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    What exactly were your temperature and humidity readings?
  6. the_eagle69

    the_eagle69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    Far SW VA
    You say new bator is this the one with the digital comand center if so what was your temp reading from it and humidity readings it really sounds like to mutch humidity.
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I agree on the humidity being too high. I use the 1502 Sportsman and only fill the pan provided and even cover 1/3rd of it with aluminum foil to keep the humidity level correct for incubation. I would recommend starting with new instruments to read temp/humidity and make sure you're incubator is set up correctly. Did you test your turner to make sure that works too? If they weren't being turned throughout incubation, that could cause problems as well. Too much ventilation can be as bad as too little.
  8. muddyrunfarm

    muddyrunfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    I did have trouble in the beginning because this ( and I am sorry that I didnt write clearly) incubator was used but new to me and there is reading from the outside so I guess it is an older one.
    anyway what I didnt realize at first was that the trays that were included were for quails so a) I did have rolling going on because I did not wedge something to hold the tray from sliding and b)I was manually turning for about 3 days .
    I think I will take up the suggestion of getting another humidity reader so if anyone has any suggestion on a certain brand that I can put in the incubator I would appreciate it.
  9. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    the cheap ones at wal-mart
  10. muddyrunfarm

    muddyrunfarm Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 11, 2008
    Forgot to mention yes the turner was tested and turning so maybe it was the "roll" at the beginning for the majority of eggs??. sometimes I would open the door and not immediately check the indoor temp and humidity monitor so that when I did look at it then it had dropped too much to consder. but I should have kept a log daily . I think the higest I ever saw on the humidity reader was only in the 60 to 65 range.. never higher than that. temp was like 99

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