Please Please give me your opinion, it is day 20!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ironmansilkie, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. ironmansilkie

    ironmansilkie Hatching

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    I have a 30 +/- silkie and mixed farm eggs in the hatcher (Spent 18 days in Hovabator with turner, avg temp 99.0-101, Humidity 50%-60%) They are now in the hatcher (older Hovabator with no turner).

    ISSUE!!! - I woke up this morning with 40% humidity!!! I added water with a straw down the vent hole and it is now back to 55%-60%, will this destroy my hatch?????

    Please give me your experience or opinion, I am freaking out, my 2 young sons have been waiting for 20 days for chicks, I must hold up to my end of the deal!!!!![​IMG]:barnie:he
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    They should be fine. Once they start pipping & zipping you don't want it to drop or they might get shrink wrapped.....
     
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Crowing

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    Did you fill the tray in the wells that they tell u too in instructions? I had the same problem would go to work with humidity right and come back to it being below 25. Read the directions and haven't had any issues since following them. Just a little suggestion. [​IMG]
     
  4. latebloomer

    latebloomer Songster

    Feb 10, 2011
    green mountain state
    Quote:directions, pah!
     
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  5. ironmansilkie

    ironmansilkie Hatching

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    I maintained 50% to 60% during incubation by keeping 1 trough partially full and both plugs in. My hatcher was used and didnt come with the plugs, (have been so excited that I didnt even notice) I just taped up the two holes and it seems to be holding steady at 60% (After I added water with a straw). Thanks for the advice, I just hope I dont have a heart attack before tomorrow!!! lol
     
  6. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    PA
    I agree they should be fine....I have found my silkie eggs prefer 40-50% humidity durring incubation though and 60-70% at hatch.
     
  7. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Songster

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    so long as none have externally pipped they will be fine. I have had humidity drops to 55% as they were pipping and they did ok.
     
  8. philjames501

    philjames501 In the Brooder

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    thanks for the tip!
     

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