Lockdown Question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by soulsong, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. soulsong

    soulsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I had my DH build me a fridge a bator. Got the temp & humidity problems regulated, have all the turners in.
    and have hatched out multiple numbers of chicks.
    However my hatch rate SUCKS.
    at lockdown day 18, I move the eggs to my old incubator little giant styrofoam. up the humidity as high as possible (60+)
    and watch through the little windows anxiously.
    the hatcher get cleaned after every hatch with soap and water, sprayed with a medical grade disinfectant and put back in place for the next batch.
    I usually have eggs hatching every week (lol with 4 turners its sometimes 40 per hatchdate)
    but it seems that of the eggs I put into the hatcher, less than half of them have hatched recently.
    and I am totally puzzled! and not to mention, FRUSTRATED!!
    anybody have any ideas?
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Bad hatch rates are almost always a humidity issue the first 18 days.
     
  3. soulsong

    soulsong Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hmm... my fridge-a-bator is usually around 45-55%.
    though when I open the door it does drop lower.
    I usually go in once a day to check water level and/or add eggs.
    would that be the reason?
     
  4. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    I like mine under 30% but what works best for you an your incubator I cant say.
     

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