PLEASE HELP

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mstricer, May 20, 2012.

  1. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    I need to know if I can open my cabinet incubator, while chicks are hatching. I noticed an egg in the last shelve that appears to be leaking. At day 17 I candled and all looked good. What I think happened was when I was turning (it has a slide bar, old 1930's Master Farmers incubator) it cracked up against the metal, tray was not full. So can I open or not. I have 180 eggs in it and they are not my chicks, just the don't want to lose any, I will be losing money. Only get paid for those that hatch. Everything was going so well, now this. [​IMG]
     
  2. Nsampsel

    Nsampsel Songster

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    I would say do what you have to, but do it very quickly & only open the door as far as you absolutely have to. Maybe give the inside of the bator a couple quick sprays from a mister bottle of hot water to bring humidity back up instantly.
     
  3. Goblnfvr

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    I am in and out of mine while they are hatching and have had no major issues.
    Just do it quickly.
     
  4. mstricer

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    Thanks everyone, I'm assuming the chick will be dead. I'm on day 19. I will check back in a few. Got to do that and take care of some chicks in the coop.
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Well I open the incubator and inspected three eggs on 3 different trays. None were cracked. There was two chicks in a tray and maybe they pooed or something. Well the hatch is going great. I didn't realize there was going to be a solar eclispe today. Until yesterday. Lucky for me. But those chicks are popping like pop corn [​IMG] [​IMG] Today is day 20 and right on time. I'm so excited.
     
    Last edited: May 20, 2012

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