For me, this might just be too stressful

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Katoo1, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. Katoo1

    Katoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel like everything can and will go wrong. I'm constantly checking temp and humidity, I even wake up during the night. Nothing ever seems to be 100% stable although it's pretty close to that. I just don't feel very relaxed about the whole thing at all and I have this pervading sense of doom that nothing will hatch. And it's only day 4. Yikes.

    My temp varies from 98.9 to 100.1. My humidity from around 28% to 45%.

    I just wish I could feel a little more laid-back and relaxed about it. I think I've read too many horror stories at this point.

    Eek.
     
  2. h4ppy-chris

    h4ppy-chris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your doing great [​IMG] your temp and humidity is spot on.
     
  3. kelidei

    kelidei ~*Dances with chickens*~

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    I remind myself that when incubating "au natural" mama bird gets off the nest a few times a day to stretch, eat, drink and relieve herself. I noticed that the eggs cool off and naturally the humidity drops as well. I realized there is probably a lot more fluctuation in both when mama bird does it herself than when using a well monitored incubator... helps me put things in perspective [​IMG]
     
  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    I was like you the first time. I lived in front of the incubator which I purposely put at the far end of a really junky basement to prevent just that.
    A wise BYC member once told me that the temp/humidity/turning thing were guidlines. He said following all the rules incubating doesn't guarantee success, not following the rules doesn't guarantee failure.

    Since then I set it and leave it.
     
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  5. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Haven't done it yet....but 21 days is a loooonnnnnggggg time to wait. Sounds like you're doing just fine! [​IMG]
     
  6. Katoo1

    Katoo1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was like you the first time. I lived in front of the incubator which I purposely put at the far end of a really junky basement to prevent just that.
    A wise BYC member once told me that the temp/humidity/turning thing were guidlines. He said following all the rules incubating doesn't guarantee success, not following the rules doesn't guarantee failure.

    Since then I set it and leave it.

    That's very helpful, thanks so much.
     
  7. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

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    Are you using a digital thermometer/hydrometer?
    If you breathe next to the bator, everything changes. Will set you into a panic.
    Don't sweat it, should be fine...
     
  8. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    Hatching - Is like Baking what may work in your oven may not work in mine - I had to create the Shari House Rules of incubation- I do not add water - I do not check humidity

    Everything is adjustable -It took a lot of eggs for me to figure out I just had to monitor two things Location and Temp - Get those two things right and I will have about a 90% hatch

    I do not take out my eggs out of the turner they hatch right in it--and no I have never had a chick get flattened lol --- The stress leaves the first time you get the hatch--
     
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  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to the incubation roller coaster [​IMG] it's fun but fraught with perils. Stick with it , those little peepers are worth it
     
  10. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank goodness we're not incubating elephants that have a 21 MONTH gestation!

    Gail
     

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