Humidity at hatching for Chukar

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by farrier!, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I had a fantastic Bob White quail hatch. If it was fully formed it hatched. [​IMG]

    After looking at a whole lot of unhatched Chukar lots died right after pipping or just before, it looks like I drowned then..... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    So...hopefully the 1/2 dozen I have I will be able to raise to breeding age. If I manage that without killing them off what humidity level do they need at hatch time?
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    I was told to keep it high like you would for quail. To me, that means 65%+. I did that, and still had chukars that were stuck and needed help. So I would say at least 65%, higher if you can get it.
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Also Hatch Them Up Right--- Set 'em In An Egg Tray In Your Hatcher--- Small End Down And Let Them Hatch That Way-- You'll Get A Better Hatch Rate.
  4. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    Quote:Shoot...hindsight...That would have been so easy to do... [​IMG]
  5. Califowlday

    Califowlday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2009
    Thank you farrier for asking that question. I am hatching chukar eggs for the first time... Now I learned something more about hatching them. Maybe your question saved them:)
  6. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    It always seems tobe a learning experience...

    Please let me know how your hatch goes..and good luck!!!! [​IMG]
  7. AK_Button_Mama

    AK_Button_Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2008
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I have to tell ya I have had the BEST hatches when I forget the darn eggs in the turner.... I come home to lotsa little peeping birdies... and half the time the darm water containers are emtpy.... when I cottle the eggs, add water, and take them outta the turner I seem to have more issues with the babies drowning and not making it out, sticky chicks.... I am convinced that my method is set and forget!!!!

    Also I wanna know, how does a hen regulate humidity? I understand the temp regulations but I dont have ANY idea how a hen can tell how many times she has turned a egg in a day (not to mention which direction she turned the things in!) and the one that baffles me the most is HOW in the world does a hen UP the humidity? does she pee does she sweat... I mean seriously.... I think we all worry way to much about the little things.

    I think that the thing most people forget is that if you keep the humidity at about 40 when the chicks start hatching and drying off they add mositure to the air... they will raise the humididty them selves...

    I am learning that the most important thing of all is to NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO THE INCY!!!! that drys the eggs out making sticky chicks!!!

    I have found when I have a hatch going that if I just plan to not be home for the WHOLE DAY, I get better results!

    well good luck!
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2009
  8. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I just removed 3 quail chicks from the incubator. I rolled the eggs around midnight. Had not checked the dates on the eggs.... [​IMG]
    They seem happy and bouncy.

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