Help air cells too big!!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lizrndiver, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. lizrndiver

    lizrndiver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jul 30, 2009
    South Beloit, IL
    I've got eggs in my Genesis and although my temps are great, I have been struggling with keeping my humidity stable. I've been trying to keep it between 45%-50%, but some mornings I wake up and it has dropped to 20%. Of course I add water immediately and it comes up fairly quickly.

    Today is day 10, so I candled and I have 28 out of 42 developing from shipped eggs. The embryos look to be the right size and were moving, but the air cells seemed quite large. Maybe 25% of the egg already. is this too big? Should I try to get the humidity up more? Will the air cell just fill with water and drown the chick, can it actually shrink, or should I just try to keep it from getting too much bigger?

    Any suggestions would be great.

    Thanks,

    Liz
     
  2. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 15, 2010
    Knoxville,TN
    That is pretty close to normal. It sounds like you are doing good other than the humidity issue. That should not affect you much at all.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Actually you are ok with your humidity and the air cells always appear larger until closer to hatch date. I have humidity between 25-40 days 1-18. I only worry about the humidity during lockdown.
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Compare to this.
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    You cant make it shrink but you can stop it from growing much more by running the humidity up. You can also run the humidity on the higher end at hatch time if the air sack is still on the big side. Yes the air cell can fill with condensation but that's above 80%. Anything at or below mid 70s is usually safe in a large air cell situation.
     
  5. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like that Air Cell demo.
     
  6. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    Michigan
    Quote:your "egg" helped me alot... im on day 17 and the air cell was taking up alot of the room (well thats what i thought) but i gues its normal by the looks of the demo [​IMG]
     

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