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I Need Some Advice

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BeckyLa, Mar 31, 2007.

  1. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I've had my Hova with fan and turner and my Hova still air for a hatcher for a year now. I have set eggs over and over usually the numbers are in the 30's. It seems like no matter what I do I cannot get my hatch rate up. First I tried the dry method and had like 3 bantys hatch. Then tried keeping the humidity higher, like 30's, and would hatch maybe 1. Three hatches in a row I hatched 1. Over the winter I learned to candle and found out of 30 something banty eggs only 10 hatched and the rest weren't fertile. I thought at least the fertile ones hatched so I'm doing better. This time I had 14 banty and 10 sex-link eggs. All but 3 bantys were fertile but only 5 hatched. Of the sex-links 2 hatched, 4 pipped 3 of which died. The last one I went ahead and broke the shell and discovered it was breach. In candling I found all of the sex-links grew to full term then died. Of the bantys only a couple reached full term, looked like they got to 2-2 1/2 weeks. The temp was at 99* nearly all the time, varied very little, the humidity remained in the 50%'s until they went into the hatcher at day 18 then it rose to 70%'s. Funny thing is that in candling I found that all the air sacs were far to big, which I thought came from the humidity being too low. It was never too low. On one sex-link the air sac was on the side!? I'm wondering if they had problems because they are sex-link, but I thought that only meant they wouldn't breed true. Anyway, I have no clue as to what is going on. Even the banty eggs air sac was way too big. They should have had a 90%, or so, hatch rate with only 3 unfertile. I am sooo confused and dh is ready to sell the bators. Can anyone tell me what I am doing wrong???????
     
  2. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    If I had to make a guess I would say temps are low. What are you using for a thermometer/hygrometer? Have you put a second one in to compare readings? I have had a few really expensive ones that where way out!
     

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