First chickens hatched

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sonya, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. Sonya

    Sonya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2009
    Prague, Oklahoma
    Well, I'm disappointed, but figure it was my first time and I could only hope for the best. I set 6 welsummer eggs and 2 of them developed completely, but never hatched. Saturday was day 21 and I waited until today to take them out of the incubator and open them up. One of the chicks had even pipped the internal membrane, but then died...the other was still completely encased in the internal membrane.....any ideas..I know my first time around things were all over the place, so I've got to get the science of incubating down better....I'm going to use an auto turner next time and work out a system to add water to the sponges without having to open the bator as much.

    My duck eggs are still in the bator and moving around inside according to candling last night. Tomorrow I'll set them in a carton and kick the humidity up more...they should hatch around Saturday. *fingers crossed*[​IMG] [​IMG]

  2. ChickBond 007

    ChickBond 007 Licensed to Cull

    Feb 26, 2009
    Madison County, Iowa
    Crossing my fingers for your duckies! [​IMG]
    I am using a piece of aquarium tubing placed through one of the vent holes, and a syringe to add warm water. This way, I never open the lid.
    I am having trouble with my hatch also, and believe my choice of 40%-50% humidity was too high for my region.
    I am going to continue with 38% humidity for days 1-18 in the future, and not add water until lower than 21%. I don't know if this will help you or not, but others here will have more knowledge. You will appreciate the auto-turner, I sure do. One thing is for certain, this is a learning experience.

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