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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by darbella, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. darbella

    darbella Songster

    Nov 2, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I was incubating some mutt eggs in my bator and kept the temp at 99.8-100.0 (26% humidity, no water)the whole time, no water. A friend was over last night and I was telling her I was DRY HATCHING...she said , "no, you can dry incubate, but need the humidity the last few days so the chicks are lubricated aand can spin around to pip! It made perfect sense to me, but I was pannicked because 2 of the eggs had pipped that morning, 3 days early and I figured I had time to raise the humidity,(So we quickly added some water and the humidity was about 32%) but when we looked at them, they were zipping a larger zip than normal. (I really thought I read here about dry HATCHING) so we had to "help them hatch with warm water and peel the dried up eggshell and membranes off them. The poor things were like glue, all hardened up. Once we got them out of their shells and back in the bator, i sucked all the water out again with a syringe.There was another egg in there that had come out of the coop on the 29th and looked to be developing so I also put that in the bator because it was off to the side and cold, but I could see a shadow in it. So here is the end of the story,I checked on the "glue chix" tonight when I got home, they are active and peeping annd are really tiny...but, there is another chick in there that dry hatched from thaat cold egg!!! he is double the size of the others and zipped and hatched himslf sometime during the day today because there was no pip in that egg yesterday. Has anyone ever heard of a dry hatch??? I am so happy they all seem to be doing well, the dad is a sebrite and the mom of the tiny ones i believe to be my black cochin and the big chick is probably from the ighter mixed breed hen I have because it has some lighter coloring along the sides. I will add pics tonight or tommorw!

  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Dry hatch? New one on me.
  3. fishman65

    fishman65 Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    flat rock
    dry hatch is ok but need high humidity the last 3 days so chicks can spin in the shell and pip and zip. low humidity the last three days= sticky chicks.
  4. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Songster

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    I do DRY incubation...is that what you are asking on? No water at all until day 18 when I take the turner out. So I raise humidity to 60-70%
  5. keesmom

    keesmom Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    I do dry incubation. No water until day 18 then I raise humidity to around 60%. I get a good hatch rate using this method.

  6. darbella

    darbella Songster

    Nov 2, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I also had with past hatches raised the humidity, but this last chick hatched out all on its own, with the humidity at 28-32%. I dont know why I thought I had read about succesful DRY HATCHES??? I kept thinking this is too easy, kind of like set it and forget it! All I know is this chick hatched out easier and ll on it's own with little or no humidity. It is a puzzle to me.
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Dry hatches don't work in places like AZ

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