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First time hatching with an incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tatupu, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. tatupu

    tatupu New Egg

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    Hi there this is my first time hatching I have done everything I am ment to do and have made it to hatch day and im afraid notimg appears to be happning [​IMG]please can someone advise what may be going on ,there is no odd smells comimg from my incubator so im pretty sure they are not rotten ,I was sooooo excited to having even just one hatch please please any help [​IMG]
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    At this late stage there isn't anything to do. Just wait it out a few more days. After the hatch is over you can post back how it went and list everything you did. That way it can be trouble shot where you can improve your hatch rate. A common mistake is to incubate at 99.5F in a still air incubator (no fan) when in reality still air work better if 101.5F measured at top of egg location. Too high of humidity during incubation is another common problem. 65% RH during incubation is far too high but good at hatch time. 30-35% is best during incubation period of 18 days then up to 70% RH last three days.

    If your chicks hatch days late then your thermometer is off and reading too low. That will greatly reduce hatching rate.
     
  3. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, wait and see. If nothing happens in a couple days then please post a few important bits of info:
    •shipped or local eggs
    •what incubator
    •if you had separate, calibrated thermometer and hygrometer in your incubator
    •and what were temps & humidity, throughout incubation.
    Also, if no action in another day or 2, candle the eggs and post what you see.
     
  4. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes chicks hatch late. If by day 23 nothing has happened, take the eggs out and candle them to see if there's any life at all. If there isn't, you may want to break them open to see when they died. With this knowledge you can refine your methods so that next time you can make adjustments. Always make sure your incubator is clean and that you have good reliable thermometers/hygrometers. I know its tough to have a bad hatch, especially the first time.
     
  5. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I totally agree with all the previous posters.
     

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