Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. silkepopa101

    silkepopa101 New Egg

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    Help! I'm hatching OEG x Silke eggs, my incubator doesn't have a humidity monitor, I've been following the instructions booklet and adding about 100ml every two days but today is day 19 and I still don't think the air bubble is quite as big as it should be! I have stopped adding water and went into lock down yesterday, I am hoping my Wednesday the air bubble will be big enough for a successful hatch. Is there anything I can do to help the process? It's my first hatch and there is only 10 eggs that all seemed fertile and active last time I candled them! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  2. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can buy hygrometers very cheaply, I paid $2.99 for mine at a hardware store. I highly recommend you grab one.
    Pet stores will sell a thermometer/hygrometer combo that takes up little space. Just don't buy the National Geographic digital one; it was total garbage.
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I too highly suggest always having a hygrometer to guide you and monitoring the air cells at days 7/14/18 during incubation.
    Now, that isn't going to help you at this point, so, I would run dry until the first pip if you are going to be around to monitor them, and then higher it for hatching. I would hatch them upright in cutdown cartons if possible to give them a better chance
     
  4. silkepopa101

    silkepopa101 New Egg

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    I put them in a cardboard carton and it's running dry, hatching isn't due until Wednesday night so hopefully I have enough time!
     
  5. ShanandGem

    ShanandGem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amy, do you hatch upright or lay your eggs down? I think I may try upright next time.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I have always hatched laying down. Depending on how these shipped eggs go that I will be recieving next week, I may hatch them upright. I prefer laying down though and if possible that will be my choice.
     
  7. newwestchick

    newwestchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 17 and I'm readyyyyyyy!!!! Can you tell I'm excited??! :haha Not my first time with chicks but my first time incubating.

    I will have 23 going into lockdown tomorrow, fingers crossed they all make it. Candling and observation have shown me viability in all of them, I started with 24 but one quit around day 5 or so. Will let you all know how things unfold :)
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good luck!

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  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    [​IMG] Good luck!
     
  10. samandemsmommy

    samandemsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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