humidty manipulation and turning, hen does not seem to change

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by centrarchid, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    I hen incubate and use an incubator. Highest hatch rate from hens (>95%) while incubator yeilds lower (~80%0. Hens do not seem to manipulate humidity. I am not certain but I think they still turn eggs even after day 18. Why am I investing so much in controlling humidity and stopping of egg turning yet hens out performing me?
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    In my opinion, we are trying to artificially recreate a natural process. There is probably more to incubation than temperature, humidity, and turning. What, I don't know. Maybe she communicates with the embryo? Maybe the oil on her feathers affects the developing chick. Probably something else entirely. But, yeah, my broodies outperform my incubator.

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    Perhaps a broody gives them better air exchange. Who really knows the difference?
     
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2011
  3. teamsunbelt

    teamsunbelt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tell me one thing that a man can do better than what God invented. Chickens did not survive all of these years by relying on a human to hatch for them. I would be surprised if someone could incubate on a regular basis what a hen does, especially if you get greater than 95%.
     

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