info on hatching chicken eggs

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

  1. pefferlawchicken

    pefferlawchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Overrun With Chickens

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    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
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    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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