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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pefferlawchicken, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Songster

    Feb 22, 2009
    ontario, canada
    hey guys well as you may know ive had 2 eggs die on me and i got no chicksim wondering if im ding everytng right ,please answe [​IMG]

    1 . temp 100-101
    2. humidity 50%
    3.turn about 6 times a day
    4 how many times should i candel or when?

  2. Fredster

    Fredster Songster

    Feb 21, 2007
    I think you want to keep the temp as close to 100 as you can.

    Humidity 50%-60% for the first 18 days, then up to 70%-80%.

    I've read that you want to turn them an odd number of times a day, so each day ends with a different side up. I use an automatic turner so I don't know for sure. I know some on here only turn twice a day.

    Candle sometime between days 7 and 10, and you should be able to tell (unless you have really dark or thick shells) whether the embryo is growing or not.
  3. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Some people do slightly lower humidity to , so if you have incubated eggs and the temp was right and you turned them and they didnt hatch I dont think it would hurt to drop the humidity to 40% or so for the first 18 days and then up it to like 60-70% day 18-21 and see if that helps you. I am shure others know better then me though.
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    Are you using a still air or forced air incubator? I've had best luck in the still air at 102 degrees. I also keep the humidity between 35-45% for the first 18 days, then increase to about 65% the last three. The humidity increases as the chicks start to pip so I don't like to have it too high.

    I use an automatic turner too but I don't think you really need to turn them 6 times a day. I think 2-3 times is sufficient.

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