How to accelerate water loss?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hokankai, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been tracking my eggs in the incubator via weight and water loss. They are being incubated in a carton with the bottoms cut out so that I can tilt my incubator since I don't have a turner.

    Today is day 14 and all but one of the eggs is 2 grams too heavy, how do I accelerate water loss? Humidity has been hovering around 40%. I took out some of the water in the well, turned on a dehumidifier in the room (it was 65% RH in there) and took off the lid once to candle.
     
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  2. fried green eggs

    fried green eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the Dry Hatch Method so, I run humidity below 35% but not lower than 20% for first 18 days so, I don't bother with weighing them. Good Luck! You probably don't need any added water if room R.H. is that high.
     
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  3. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but what can I do with these eggs to help speed up the process now that they're on day 14?
     
  4. oldorchardfarms

    oldorchardfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can increase the temp 1 degree. that will fix it.remember still air incs need to be around 102
     
  5. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is a forced air, 1588 hovabator. I'll try increasing the temp 1 degree and monitor for the day.
     
  6. oldorchardfarms

    oldorchardfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get the temp to 100.5 you will have no more problems.i
     
  7. oldorchardfarms

    oldorchardfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get the temp to 100.5 you will have no more problems.i
     
  8. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So they've lost .5 grams since they were last weighed yesterday and need to lose at least 2.5 grams to reach the minimal 11% weight loss before lockdown. I'll probably have to push back lockdown until I see internal pipping because I don't want to get big wet chicks. Humidity is hovering around 25% and the temp was 100.7 on my digital thermometer last time I checked.
     
  9. hokankai

    hokankai Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still really trying to get those air cells down. They aren't losing weight as fast as I'd like and tomorrow is Day 18. I've stopped turning them so I can leave them alone and am hoping the humidity stays down in the 20s like its been.

    Should I try to delay hatching by lowing the temp to 100? I want them to stay in the eggs as long as possible so that those air cells are ready.
     
  10. oldorchardfarms

    oldorchardfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they will probably take another day or two to hatch just let them be and they will hatch out.
     

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