Incubating problems

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by addicted2chics, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. addicted2chics

    addicted2chics In the Brooder

    Jul 3, 2013
    I am new to chickens and even newer to hatching eggs. I built my own incubator from a large marine cooler. I built an egg turner that will hold around 75 LF eggs and even more smaller eggs. The temp in the incubator varies about 4 degrees. From 99 to 103 and the humidity i keep between 35 and 45 then raise humidity at lock down to 60 - 65. The first hatch was in Aug with about 97%. The next was Sept with about 99%. Oct was aboit 55% and has gone down hill from there. This last hatch was set to hatch Christmas day. Today I cleaned out all 20 eggs with hatch rate of 0. Am I doing something wrong, is 4 dehree temp flux too much or is it that time of the year?
  2. ChickenAndMore

    ChickenAndMore Songster

    Jul 2, 2012
    I think it is probably just the time of year, because my hatches always go down this time of year too.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2014

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