hatching problems

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  1. chickenjim77

    chickenjim77 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I've made an incubator out of a Styrofoam cooler and have attempted two hatches in the last two months with pretty much 0% success idk wut I'm doing wrong humidity at 45-50% temp 99.5 and turning them 3 times a day. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! You'll also want to post in the Incubating and Hatching Eggs forum, with as much detail as you can. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs Have you checked the eggs to see where you are losing them / what stage of development things are going wrong? Where are you getting the eggs / are you sure they are fertile, has anyone else hatched them in a different incubator? Do you have a thermometer that measures high/low temps? Temperature spikes can kill most of a hatch in a relatively short of time and may go un-noticed if they happen over night etc.
     
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    So my eggs r coming from my backyard I have 10 RIR and 2 black austrolorps and 1 too and yes I have a thermometer that reads humidity and temp as well as highs and lows.the only thing thing that has dropped overnight is the humidity a lil bit..I noticed with the first attempt that a bunch of the eggs never started to form so I assume they were not fertile and the others were fully formed but never hatched..the ones that did hatch hatched late around day 25. Could it b possible my too can't keep up wit the girls?
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If your chicks are hatching on day 25, you're incubator is probably running a low average temperature (late hatches are usually due to too low of temps overall)... Are you using multiple thermometers? Is it a still air incubator/ do you have a fan? Still airs should be run at a higher temp than forced airs. if you are turning three times a day, you are opening the incubator? Do you know how long the incubator takes to go back up to temperature?
     
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    Yes I have a fan blowing over the bulb closest to the thermostat and no I only have one thermometer. When I open the bator the temp goes back pretty quickly I'd sat within a min or two
     
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    The thermometer I have is placed at the opposite end from the thermostat and stays reading 99° do u think I should bump it up a tad to where it reads 100°?
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    I'm sorry to hear about your poor hatches![​IMG]My first guess is that your therometer isn't working correctly. It may read 99 degrees, but it may not be accurate. If possible, I would get another therometer and see if it reads the same temperature.
     
  9. drumstick diva

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  10. Mountain Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I've never incubated so I'm no help. Sorry about the hatch issues though![​IMG]
     

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