First time incubating!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by teresami, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. teresami

    teresami Out Of The Brooder

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    This is my first time incubating eggs and I'm having a very hard time keeping my humidity where it should be. First off any suggestions?... and my eggs when candled seem to be on track but I read somewhere to be worried about there air sac development.; it's only day 7 can I fix this?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

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    Where is your humidity at? If your air sac growth is slow then your humidity should be lowered. Some here at BYC incubate dry first 18 days. Personally I run 30-35% humidity those days then up to 70-75% for last few days. Found that at that humidity the air sac growth is right on track. With house humidity at 30% it takes a double shot glass of water set next to the egg turner to achieve 33% in incubator. Humidity is changed by changing the surface area of water in incubator. For hatching 70% RH it takes two coffee cups set in incubator for me.

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  3. Egghead_Jr

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    Note: The 7 day air cell I never achieve. Think these charts are off or they used old eggs. 10 days looks more like day 7. The rest are good.
     
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    xs 2. I prefer 30%, and can usually maintain that completely dry if I am hatching in late spring/summer. Fall and winter I have to add a wet sponge to keep it right around 30% I am usually on track with my air cells, even at day 7, but I don't really worry too much about the size (unless it's extrememly small or big) until days 10-14.
     
  5. teresami

    teresami Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you! and I ran it dry for the past few days and have seen some major strides in my air sac development... hopefully its going to be enough (hatch day is April 8-9!)
     
  6. teresami

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    And it begins!!! Thanks so much you guys![​IMG]
     
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    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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  9. teresami

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    So my days may have been one off... I'm not sure now but...[​IMG]
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Yay!! Congrats. Temps will affect when they hatch as well. If you have a slightly higher temp you can see action a day or two early. A slightly cooler temp for the incubation will delay it by a day or two. Hot and cool spots in the bator will also affect individual eggs and the chick's development.
     

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