Help ! I Still Don't Have It Down

flower

Crowing
10 Years
May 16, 2009
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SW US Desert
I bought my LG with forced air and eggs turner years agoe to hatch keets. I had good sucess back in 2003 but since then have had life style changes and moved around and purchased chicks instead. But again I stable and caught the hatching fever from BYC .
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Last month with 12 EE and 6 bantam purchashed from BYC I had a total failure, too many mistakes not carefully reading of instructions too much handling etc. Since then I have read and re read all I can and started again usind one doz eggs from a BYC neighbor. Once again mistakes although the temperature ahs been very stable it has been a bit lower than 99.5 as per instructions. However the humidty has been the real issue so I thought I would try DRY INCUBATION and add water only on lock down.

Big Mistake here I live in the desert and did not have a hygrometer until near lock down. Humidty has been below recommended when I finally used a hygrometer. Well I have increased the humidity and temperature. The temp is now stable at 99.5 but the humidty is still hard to maintain above 60 withou frequently adding warmed water.
OK I live in the desert and the eggs are most likely absorbing some since they must be dehydrated by now. I just wanted to keep this hatch working to see if I can maintain a stable enviroment because..........................BIG Problem is I have $75 worth of three BTC orders due to arrive some time this week. HELP please

This is day 24 and no sign of pipping except I opened a egg last night and it was fully formed and breathing albeit for a short time until it drowned, had shock from the cold and bleed to death (killed)
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What next ?
 

bigstack

Songster
10 Years
Jan 4, 2010
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5
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Texarkana, TX
I'm so sorry for all your trouble!
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I used my LG until I found a used sportsman. on Craigs list for $200. YEAH!!! But I used sponges and wadded up paper towels in my LG. The trays in the bottom are not enough. I also added small tubs under all the vent holes. That way I can use a syringe with a small tube to fill them and keep the sponges and towels wet. It takes a lil work but I can get everything filled and keep humidity up. I also use hotter water than 99.5 I actually add water about 120. It never raises the temp more than 1 degree if at all. But it add humidity quickly. Keep all plugs in until they start to pip. This helped me to maintain humidity. I had 14 of 16 hatch. MY FIRST TIME!!!! Yeah!!!! I know its just beginners luck. The next set was 4 of 6. and 1 has crooked toes and is very small. I don't think he is gonna make it.
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But I also have 10 RIR in the LG now and 17 more JG eggs in the sportsman. I use the LG as a Hatchery. Its less chance of dropping the temp on the others in the sportsman. Using the LG I can just snatch them out quickly. or see if some one needs the illegal help. LOL If it was just 1 hatch I would just use the sportsmans hatching tray. But with the staggerd hatches It works better this way. So far I have hatched 35 B/B/S JG's out of 40. The other 17 JG go in the 4th. the 10 RIR should be pipping now!
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Hopefuly when I get home I will have a bunch of empty eggs and 10 Fuzzy Butts cheeping away!
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I really wish you LUCK!!!!
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Good Luck and God Bless!
 

flower

Crowing
10 Years
May 16, 2009
3,202
124
254
SW US Desert
Thank you for your replies. Helpful advice cheers up the worrried peeps. I have added a wadded up washcloth on lockdawn as per advice . Those small water trays seem to evaporate in a matter of several hours. I do need to add small bore tubing to the syringe that I use and add a sponge or cloth under the vent areas but am not sure about the plugs. Right now I am only using one. A few of the aggs smell like they need to be removed but this is not the time. I like the idea of using the LG for keeping the chicks in until they are dry and ready for a switch to a bigger brooder. I will shop for a different incubator but don't want to go over budget.

After reading about luck with some funky home made incubators there has to be more solutions to problems
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