Improving hatch rate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by humster, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. humster

    humster Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2009
    New Mexico
    My first hatch:
    So day 22 and I still have only two chicks out of eight eggs. I'm starting to lose hope, since there are no new pips. I also have another seven eggs that should be ready to go tomorrow and I'm very nervous. I was just reading the eggtopsy thread and all the humidity issues, so I guess I really hygrometer. I've got pretty good temp stability, but I live in a very dry climate and it is difficult to maintain humidity for any length of time. The pics of shrink wrapped chicks were very helpful.

    Where can I pick up a reliable hygrometer? Do I just go to Lowe's?
    Any last minute suggestions on improving the chances for tomorrow's group (silkies)?
    I'd love to improve my technique for my next set also.

  2. rebel yell

    rebel yell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2010
    I got mine at a pet store its not digital, its called a EXO TERRA & has always done great for me. about $5-$6 i think.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Lowe's, Walmart, pretty much any place that sell outdoor thermometers also carries hygrometers.

    Triple check everything! I have 2-3 thermometer/hygrometer combos in each bator, and make sure I have fresh batteries if needed. I have also found that the less I mess with things, the better. Do only what you must.

    What kind of incubator do you have? And don't give up yet, some eggs take longer. Friend of mine had one hatch on Day 25, he turned into a huge, handsome rooster.
  4. humster

    humster Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 7, 2009
    New Mexico
    Oh, thanks to you both. Thanks for the day 25 hatch story, I like it!

    I have a hova bator, the one with the two windows on top, circulated air and automatic turner (of course not using it the last few days).

    I will get at least two hygrometers, thanks for the tip. $5 to $6 sounds good to me!

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