Questions concerning lockdown and humidity

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by koris, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. koris

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    So yesterday was day 20 for my lil eggs. We seen a few start moving yesterday and this morning I heard a little peep!!! (first incubation) My question is I live in a dry climate (Colorado/ New Mexico border) and I have increased my humidity to 67. I have noticed that it is fluctuation between 65-67% and I have been having to add water to add humidity to keep it at 67%. With me being in a dry climate is this enough humidity so they wont be sticky in the shell?? I am worried about going to high and drowning them. Is it normal to have to add water durning lockdown? Or is it because I live in a dry area??
    (no i am not opening the incubator, I have found a way to add water using a plastic tube and a medicine dropper)

    Any info for me PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!
     
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  3. Little Wing

    Little Wing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It sounds like you are doing fine. The humidity should rise more when they start hatching. Don't try to lower it, just let it go.
    GO YOU!

    Good luck.
     
  4. koris

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    It looks like it has a dry membrane around it! I guess it is too low, so I highered the humidity... IS that okay? also should i run a humidifier in the room since the room is dry too???? I don't want to lose these babies!!!!!!!!
     
  5. Little Wing

    Little Wing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are there water drops on the glass? What is the humidity?
     
  6. koris

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    For the first 18 days I had it between 45-49%, than I raised it to 60-65%. Last night when I woke up to check on the chicks, around 4, the humidity was 63%. I boosted it up this morning around 6, and yes there were drops on the glass, but within an hour it drops again. After I seen the white, dry looking membrane I raised it to 70-75% but it wont stay there, dropped to 73% now. I am worried about the rest of the chicks that are suppose to hatch... am I at rise of them drying out???

    Ps I live in a dry climate....
     
  7. Little Wing

    Little Wing Chillin' With My Peeps

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    73% should be fine. How are they doing now?
     
  8. koris

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    I have a few more wiggiling in the eggs. One more cracked shell around 5pm. I am hoping I will have about 4 chicks fully hatch tomorrow! I will keep update and pix
     
  9. koris

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    So my lil chick hatched at 12am! He is so adorable. It is an Orphington (hen) and amerucana (rooster) mix. He is orange with black highlights throughout his feathers.
    I have 5 more shells cracked, and I believe that 1 should be full hatched by noon today. Out of the 14 I had in lockdown (staggered start too) I will have 6 chicks that I can see so far breaking out of shell. I still have tomorrow to be day 21 for the last set of staggered eggs. I hope I get a few more to hatch, but I will be just fine with the 6, but there is a possibility that tomorrow that count could go up to 10! [​IMG]
     
  10. koris

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    I just want to thank you for the advice! I don't get many replies when I need them. You helped me not stress out about this! I did have to add more water this morning. (I found that running the dryer while doing clothes helps the humidity in my house.) But all is going well I believe.
    Also, I have a few eggs that I believe died, but not going to pull them. Besides the float test (which I don't want to do just in case), how can you tell if they died by candling? I am not finding many pics to tell. If they don't hatch by Thursday I will candle them. Today is day 22 for the ones I believe is dead, no pipping or movement from the egg.
     

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