Incubation emergency

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Speedychicken27, Mar 19, 2018.

  1. Speedychicken27

    Speedychicken27 Songster

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    I really wasn't thinking:he I have 20 eggs ready to hatch in 4 days and I put in more:oops: now I have 20 16 day old and 14 17 day old eggs in the same incubator (I don't have another one) what should I do when it is lock down!
     
  2. sylviethecochin

    sylviethecochin Free Ranging

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    Am I reading correctly that your eggs are only separated in age by one day?

    If so, no need to panic. Just delay lockdown by 12-24 hours. Should work out fine.
     
  3. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    x2 Unless you are saying that you have just added more to the incubator in which case the conversation changes a little. If the eggs are only separated by a day, I would just wait for the first pip and raise humidity just like normal.
     
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  4. Speedychicken27

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    Sorry I worded that wrong I have 16 day old eggs and 4 day old eggs in the same incubator
     
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  5. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    OK, sorry for being a bit dim here. So you have eggs that have been in the bator for 16 days and you have added eggs that have been in the bator for 4 days? Correct?
     
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  6. Speedychicken27

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    Yes, not a good choice what should I do?
     
  7. Speedychicken27

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    Thank you so much I was freaking out!
     
  8. oregonkat

    oregonkat Crowing

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    Well, IMHO you dont have much of a choice but to goose the humidity for lock down maybe to the mid 60's. If you can separate the new eggs somehow in the incubator when you prepare for lockdown this might help protect them from the marauding new hatchlings that are going to bash them around. How are you turning the new eggs? If you are doing this by hand, maybe put the 4 new ones into a section of egg carton through the hatch of the older eggs. As soon as you can get the babies out, drop the humidity significantly and get back to regular temp for the remaining 4 and take them out of the carton and return to auto turning if that is what you were using to begin with. Good Luck. Others will chime in I am sure. @WVduckchick what do you think?
     
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  9. sylviethecochin

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    x2 Oregonkat. Especially if you, OP, are at a lower elevation. You can get away with slightly lower humidity then because of the thicker air.

    I imagine that you could also just use slightly lower lockdown humidity, and change it after the first batch have all hatched to be slightly lower than average (maybe 30%) using a rice bag or something until the air cells are back on track.

    Good luck!
     
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  10. WVduckchick

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    Agree with @oregonkat and @sylviethecochin. Wait an extra day to crank up the humidity, separate the newest eggs, then drop the humidity back down as quickly as you can after the first set hatches.

    Just for clarification, what kind of incubator are you using and what breed are the eggs?
     
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