setting some eggs in the bator... help please!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wjallen05, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay this will be my fifth (I think) hatch... but it's been awhile so I want to make sure I am doing this right!!

    My Silkie eggs came in the mail today! WOOT WOOT! I also have two eggs of my own, one from each of my OEGB hens. I have a Brinsea Octagon incubator. I have used it twice and had 100% hatch rate each time. I want to be sure I have the temp and humidity right before I put the eggs in there. Currently it is at 101 degrees and at 54% humidity. Is this okay?? Oh and it has an air fan. Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Is that the same as you used on your other hatches? I always stay around 99.5 and 100 degrees and I'm using a dry hatch on this hatch, due to the fact that I had a horrible hatch last go around 1 out of 6. I think I drowned my babies when I had a huge spike in humidity around day 17. Good luck with your hatch. I hope all goes well. you seem to have a great hatch rate stick to what works for you [​IMG]
     
  3. wjallen05

    wjallen05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    well see, I can't remember what I had my temp set on last time. (yes, it's THAT bad... LOL! I have four kids though so I have a good excuse??) My first two hatches (Little Giant) were about 60%. A lot of my babies made it to the very end and then drowned. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] It about killed me. Problems with the humidity. So I got the Brinsea incubator and the humidity never changed, and I just had to add water every few days, and the temp never changed either. I couldn't believe I had every single chick hatch BOTH times.

    I thought about doing a dry hatch... I did read up on it several months ago and it's something I'm willing and wanting to try, but I hate to try it on these eggs... since I paid A LOT of money for them and had them shipped in. If they were my own eggs I wouldn't mind giving it a try, since I can always collect more.
     
  4. chickeypeep101

    chickeypeep101 the Awesome Pullet

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    Good luck. Let us know about those little silkie eggs. [​IMG] Sorry i know this isn't very helpful but i love silkies. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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