Help!! Water running out of reserve in mini brinsea on hatch day

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rachelsebast, Jan 15, 2017.

  1. rachelsebast

    rachelsebast New Egg

    Jan 15, 2017

    Two of my eggs have pipped but the water is running low. what should I do? I know that opening the incubator will damage the eggs but are all of the eggs at risk now if the reserve becomes totally empty? Thanks for your help!
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I would quickly open the incubator and fill up the water reserve. Yes, you're not supposed to disturb eggs during lockdown/pipping, but I (and many others) have done it when necessary and still had successful hatches. Too little humidity can be very problematic when chicks are trying to hatch, since it toughens the membranes and makes it hard to break out.
  3. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    If you have a mini Brinsea, go ahead and quickly open the top and refill the water. I love to hatch in these little incubators. They are great and come back to coirrect humidity real fast. I even take th lid off very quickly to remove egg shell pieces when they start to hatch. Gives more room for the next chick. Just be careful when you replace the lid not to catch any chick toes in the rim, smile. They all want to come piling out, smile. I have seen that standard "don't emove the lid at all during lockdown " doesn't apply with these mini Brinseas. Taking lid off quickly ( don't turn it upside down when you do) and quickly and carefully replacing it s just fine with this model !!
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome @rachelsebast!

    I too agree that quickly but carefully topping up the water will be fine. Brinsea incubators are great at quickly getting the humidity back up. With mine it literally takes a minute or so all should be good.

    Good luck with your eggs and I hope you have a great hatch :fl
  5. rachelsebast

    rachelsebast New Egg

    Jan 15, 2017
    Thank you all so much!! This is my first hatch and I am a nervous wreck!
  6. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2016
    These are my incubators right now. As you can see, they are Brinsea mini advance incubators are are full with silkie chicks. I open my incubators three+ times a day and it does not affect them at all. A helpful tip for these incubators would be to add maybe a half teaspoon of water to botttom of the incubator on the papers towel or whatever you have inside of it when you open it. I couldn't believe this, but I have had eggs hatch 2 days early and there was no moisture to be found in the incubator. Therefor, I believe that humidity does not matter that much. I understand that it may help weaker chicks, but it will not affect chicks that have genetics from healthy, strong chickens.

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