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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 19Dawn76, May 21, 2010.
I am inthe middle of a hatch and have had my 3rd chick pip and die. Humidity is at 50. temp 100
anyone have a guess as to what is going on?
I thought the humidity had to be 65 to 70...
I am trying to raise it but since the other pips membranes aren t turning white I thought it was ok. Even the ones that pipped and died had moist membranes.
I would also say the humidity isn't high enough.
Put in a wet maxi pad.
Hope this helps some.......
Pipped eggs, but
Insufficient moisture Increase humidity (wet-bulb
temperature) during the hatching period.
Improper ventilation Increase ventilation rate in incubator
and/or room, but avoid drafts.
Improper setting of eggs
Set eggs with small end down. Turn
eggs properly but avoid turning within 3
days of hatching.
Were you doing a dry hatch? Even with a dry hatch, humidity should be 65% during lockdown. And I have killed more chicks trying to figure this all out!!!!! You are certainly not alone.
How does one increase the ventilation? I have a styrofoam incubator which has two holes in it that have plugs. My instructions read to open one plug for most of the incubation but open both during lockdown. How would I know if they weren't getting enough air??? Every time I read these posts I realize that I may have gotten in over my head with trying to hatch chicks.
Quote:See these kinds of posts is what lead me to buy the Brinsea Octo 20. That thing is completely stupid proof. I have wandered off for DAYS and not looked at it and had a great hatch.
Sorry I cant answer you....