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Late hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by silkiefluff, Dec 2, 2014.

  1. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chirping

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    I'm getting a bit frustrated with my hatching.. I have a Hova Bator and I have done other hatches in the years with it. As long as there isn't any power outages, I get atleast a chick or two. I, unfortunately, have wood heat so my outside-incubator temp fluctuates, but I am home all day to watch it and adjust accordingly. This last hatch it went down a couple times overnight, but when day 19 came all eggs candled perfectly. It is now day 23 and one egg (the one right under the wafer) hatched last night. I have not removed the top and both trays were filled with water prior to lock down.

    I don't see any more cracks or hear any peeping, but plan to wait a couple more days just in case. I've tried to troubleshoot why they are getting this far and not hatching, but I can't seem to find my answer.... Any ideas?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

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    Have you calibrated your thermometer recently? Perhaps it is reading higher that actual temps.
     
  3. silkiefluff

    silkiefluff Chirping

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    No, I haven't. I was just using the one that came with it (sitting it on the eggs during incubation).
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I use three thermometers in mine and would recommend to anyone to use at least two thermometers at all times. I lost my first hatch to a faulty thermometer, it won't happen again. I had 17 eggs that time moving at lockdown and ended up with one hatching and surviving at day 24 and one hatched and died day 25. My new thermometer was 6 degrees off. I trusted it because it was new and couldn't be that far off, right? Never again. My second hatch-3 thermometers. 16 chicks at lockdown 13 chicks hatched.
     

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