New Incubator, Partial Hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by metcalfmk, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, here goes some questions for y'all.

    I have been incubating and having successfull hatches for quite a while now. Problem is, my good old trusty brower galvanized incubator bit the dust. Now, I bought a new incubator from TSC, the Little Giant Styrofoam one, against my better judgement. Actually, DH bought it as a gift for me [​IMG]

    I set it up, ran it for about three days, had the humidity and temp calibrated (not with the dinky thermometer that came with it) and set my eggs on 03/12 in the pm. So, according to calculations, they should have started hatching either today, 4/2 or tomorrow 4/3. Problem is, they started hatching on 3/24, a few days early. I did have a couple of temp fluctuations, but nothing major. I turned them three times a day, so followed that too. So far, 6 of 14 have hatched, but the other 8 show no signs. Last time they were candled, on day 14, everything looked great, air cells showed growth, movement, veins, etc.

    So, i am thinking that if no more have hatched by Sunday, they didn't make it. Does this sound about right to all of you? In the past, in the brower, I had 90-100% hatches, and all hatched around the same time, within a day or so of each other. I know that the LG incubator is a totally different creature, so I did expect some losses, but not quite this many.

    What do you all think?

    Thanks!!
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    Is youre therm calabrated , if you had say a degree or two higher without knowing that would cause some to hatch early maybe and also some not to make it ,
    Im new so take this for what its worth.
    How did youre other bator bite the dust if it was a single part of soem sort you can replace it .
    I would give the eggs till monday at least and then make shure to candle them well befor tossing them or breaking them I have read of people throwing eggs out and hearing them peeping in the garbage or people breaking them open and killing a live chick. I say unless they stink or are weepy give them extra days .
    Lg can be a bit finenky.
    What temp did you run it at?
    WHere did you place the therm?
    SOmeone will know more them me
     
  3. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    where they duck eggs??? cause i use an LG and each time i hatch out ducks they always hatch out early...they hatched out on day 25...they were still in the turner when they peeped and i only noticed when i went to move them into the hatcher...
     
  4. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk Out Of The Brooder

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    They were chicken eggs, mosty games and a few mutts lol

    I ran the temp 101-102, for still air incubation, and the therm was in the center of the 'bator. I guess I will leave them a few more days and see what happens. Thanks for the info!

    The Brower incubator was basically just used up, i did think about fixing it, but didn't even know where to start. The wiring is frayed inside, heating element has worn thru. I may just have to look for replacement parts and go from there.

    Thanks again
     
  5. metcalfmk

    metcalfmk Out Of The Brooder

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    OK, i very gently candled, and saw no movement, or beaks etc in the air cell. Hope they aren't all dead [​IMG]
     

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