Incubator questions

Discussion in 'Guinea Fowl' started by ske1806, May 12, 2010.

  1. ske1806

    ske1806 Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 18, 2010
    Patterson, New York
    I am on day 21 and have 12 eggs in the incubator. I candled but am not sure what I was looking for, so just kept all of them in there. Could embryos be dead and there is NO bad smell?
    Basically, only some eggs did I see some movement. Some where just dark with a large air bubble. Please let me know what are signs that the embryo is dead.

    Also, how do I get up my humidity. It's been around 40% and I have water and a wet sponge in there. Every time I open to add water, humidity just goes down, so I don't want to mess with it too much.
  2. cracking up

    cracking up Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    So Cal
    I usually only throw out eggs that are obviously clear and then sometimes I don't even do that. Most eggs won't smell in the amount of time it takes them to incubate and I'd rather not risk throwing out a chick. A large or really lopsided air bubble is usually ok. I don't incubate mine unless there is a problem with the mom not wanting to or being unable to protect her on the nest so by the time I set them some are pretty old and I get about 50% to hatch. I think that's about average. I've never worried about humidity. If you have sponges and water I'm sure it's high enough.
  3. Jplejeune

    Jplejeune Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2010
    I usually candle at 1 week. By that time you can see the red veins but at 21 days you should not be able to see through the egg. if u candle it and its dark there a chick inside. if you can still see through its infertile. usually the infertile eggs are the ones that rot but it will take a while for them to get bad and bust so you should be good during incubation time
  4. grammy of David

    grammy of David Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 17, 2009
    rural Kansas
    What Should The Humidity Before Lock-down ?

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