Hatching at high altitudes?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cherndon712, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Has anybody heard of adding oxygen when hatching at high altitudes? I found it here, under Dead Embryos at Early Stages...It's the only thing I can think of that may have messed up my hatch...
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/inctrouble.html#ED
     
  2. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    Im at 3200 ft and have had no problems. I keep the ventilation open half way or just take out one of the red plugs. Are they shipped eggs? I do have some that die in early incubation and I think it might be due to cold, handling, etc. from the breeder to me. Its really hard to say why they die, it just could be a number of things. Another problem I run into here is low humidity. I deal with that by keeping a humidifier in the room I incubate in. I hope you find out what went wrong with your hatch. Im sure you will have better luck next time. [​IMG] Oh, what kind of Thermometer are you using? My first hatch I lost because the dang thing was off. It read 2 degrees to high. I would recommend testing that as well, with a medical thermometer.
     
  3. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    I have a springfield, an accurite, a digital oral therm, AND a normal oral therm...All have been within a degree...
     
  4. KKluckers

    KKluckers Time Out

    Sep 4, 2007
    IMO I would try putting your oral one in a water wiggler and see what it reads after a day. I had so many problems with trying to keep the right temp. I was lucky to have a brinsea incubator so it did keep it in a good range of temp. I just ended up buying one of those spot check thermometers from Brinsea. GQF sells them also. I have some eggs hatching on the 6th and 9th. I've had to tweek a few things along the way, but I think I might have it down pat this time. Good luck with yours. Dont get discouraged, you will figure it out [​IMG]
     
  5. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Can I make a water wiggler? I've read a post somewhere about using a baggie?
     
  6. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used a baggie. I filled two 1/2 way and layed the thermometer in between the bags. The only problem I had was that after a couple of days being in the heat, they leaked. They were freezer bags too.
     
  7. TheOLDNewChick

    TheOLDNewChick I'm an original

    Jun 12, 2007
    Tioga, Louisiana
    I used a ziplock freezer bag, filled it halway and folded it over then taped it... It seems to work okay.
     
  8. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    Ill try making one then! Thanks!
     
  9. Queen of the Lilliputians

    Queen of the Lilliputians Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 5, 2007
    Maine
    I use a balloon, filled to approx the size of the eggs. Works well for me.

    I tried the baggy, but I made a leaky mess [​IMG]
     
  10. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

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    I don't have a water wiggler. I don't have room in the incubator. I bought the cheapest Accurite they had at Wal*Mart and just had a 65% hatch rate on Jody's (HINKJC) buff silkie eggs. And I'm in Wyoming, which is somewhere around 6,000 ft.
     

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