HOW TO HATCH THIN SHELLED EGGS?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sherpagirl, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. sherpagirl

    sherpagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone have any information on how to hatch thin shelled eggs from older hens?

    Some ideas I have heard:

    1) Use higher humidity during incubation

    2) Partially cover the egg with beeswax

    Does anyone have experience or ideas?

    Thank-you,

    Donna
     
  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I've hatched thin shelled /porous eggs or eggs with shell defects (lines and ridges) from my old white leghorn girls. Usually just keep a really close eye on the air cells and adjust the humidity by how they are doing. I do usually wind up splitting them between at least two incubators because the air cells develop at different rates and have to keep the humidity different. I usually incubate around 40-45%, some of these I usually wind up doing more at 50-60%. Still hatch at 65-70% The hatch% tends to be lower than normal on these, but the chicks that do hatch seem fine. Never tried covering the shells with anything.
     
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