HELP!!! Incubating eggs with different hatch dates?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by JordanFamily, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. JordanFamily

    JordanFamily Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Archie, MO
    :confused:Ok so I'm going to start incubating some bantam eggs on Wed. But also have a shipment of eggs coming in 2 weeks later, and I only have one incubator. I know the humidity has to be higher when the first set is hatching but wont that kill the second set? I was thinking of keeping the humidity at 40=50% until the first set is 18 days old and then increasing to 65-70%.... Do you think the second set will be ok at that humidity for that 3-4 days until the first set hatches and leaves the bator, and should I then back it back down to 40-50% again until that second set is 18 days along? Hopelessly Confused!
  2. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    You should have a second incubator. The bacteria from the first ones hatching could kill the second hatch. You can make your own incubator-just use the search feature there's plenty of threads on them. Or if you have an electric skillet use the link in my signature to find out how to use it.
  3. paduanchook

    paduanchook Songster

    Jan 17, 2008
    McDavid Florida
    i have multiple hatch dates in my sure u will hear that its bad, im sure it is, but i do it all the time and my chicks still hatch
  4. bearcat73

    bearcat73 Songster

    Feb 29, 2008
    Southwest Ohio
    Quote:Do you raise the humidity the last three days of the first hatch or just leave it the same? thanks
  5. Grillmaster33

    Grillmaster33 Songster

    Apr 18, 2008
    Triad, NC
    I was facing the same dilemma. I decided to build my own incubator. It was relatively inexpensive and very fun.
    Id suggest that you do the same.

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