Incubating Problem!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickerchick, Mar 14, 2016.

  1. chickerchick

    chickerchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys!
    I have an issue!
    Basically I have two different sets of eggs that are currently incubating. Their hatch date is 5 days apart.

    They were in separate incubators, but annoyingly one of the incubators broke! So I placed the eggs all in one incubator.

    One set is on day 17 and will be hatching this week, whereas the other set is on day 12. The other incubator is now working but is not very reliable. Should I move the set on day 12 back into that incubator?

    I understand that i'll have to increase the humidity in the incubator soon for the day 17 eggs and i'll need to stop opening the incubator. If I kept the day 12 eggs in the incubator i'd still need to turn them so would be opening it twice a day. What do you guys think I should do?
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2016
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Eggs don't need need to be turned after two weeks, I actually stop turning mine now at the end of day 13, so I wouldn't worry about the turning, my only worry would be the humidity rise. If your day 12 eggs have lost a good amount of moisture and the air cells are on target it's probably going to work out fine. If it were me personally I would wait an extra day or even wait until the first pip to up the humidity so that the earlier ones get that extra time loosing moisture, but either way, they are only 5 days, so you be able to successfully pull it off.
     
  3. HartJ

    HartJ New Egg

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    I have a question also, u say they don't need to be turned after day 12? So can I take them all off the Turner if they are after day 12?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I stop turning ALL of mine at the end of day 13. I do this because the develoment chart says that the chick turns to the big end of the egg about day 14 , so I don't turn so that when they do I'm not interfering in their process. Once the chick is fully formed and can move independently, there is no reason to turn, because it's encased in the inner membrane and can move by itself. It won't "stick" to the shell.
     
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  5. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener True BYC Addict

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    Amy, this is sensible logic that flies in the face of the "they said" ad nauseum advice! My best ever hatch was when I laid them flat and hand turned through day 14, then I stood them up in cartons and tilted through day 18. Given that they did so well this way, this will be my new MO until I decide to try something new.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    All except my very first hatch has been very good, but my best two were the last two last year. Both I hand turned and my 100% hatch was the first hatch I stopped turning at the end of day 13 and I didn't have a single pointed end malepositioned pipper. It's what is working for me so I am not about to change it.
     

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