Staggering hatches in gqf 1502 digital sportsman

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CaseyV, Jun 23, 2015.

  1. CaseyV

    CaseyV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2013
    I am not new to hatching but I am new to cabinet incubators.

    I will be setting coturnix eggs on 6/27 then I will be adding new Hampshire and lavender orpington eggs about a week later.

    Would the humidity harm the chicken eggs when I lock down the quail?

    my incubator has the hatch tray at the bottom.

  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jun 23, 2015
    High humidity can cause problems in chickens, such as remaining wet after hatching. Some people, when they stagger hatch, will move chicks three days before hatching into a hatching incubator.
    If the eggs are at high humidity early in development I don't know if it would harm them or not.

    I hope this helps. Best of luck!
  3. Buck77

    Buck77 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2009
    What works for me is to fill the water pan when I move eggs to the hatching tray and then just let the water run out and fill it again when I move my next set of eggs to the hatching tray. I also use a humidifier pad in the water pan. It works well for me but may not for you.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    What works is to increase the humidity before hatching begins. If moisture was not a necessary ingredient to getting born, then human and other fetuses would not be nurtured in an amniotic fluid sack that ruptures when birth begins, in effect greasing the skids to help us to easily find our way into this world.

    An egg is in effect a chickens' womb. In a cabinet type forced air incubator like a GQF, humidity was never a problem for me. Perhaps this is because of the greater air volume and adjustable multi level air vents but then again I am not a fertile chicken egg so what do I know. Relative humidity of 90% is not too much humidity when eggs start hatching. In a plastic incubator i would think that humidity is hard to maintain because the incubator body looses more heat to the air creating cold spots, resulting in water condensing on the inside. And remember that the wet bulb reading will be lower in a forced air incubator just like a breeze from a ceiling fan feels cold when you come out of of a hot shower because of increased evaporation cooling.

    The reason imho that the GQF has 3 incubation trays is so you can set a new tray of eggs each week and then move the oldest tray too the bottom hatching, or non-turning tray on day 18. If this is expected to work with an incubator full of chicken eggs, i don't see why it won't work with a mix of quail and hen eggs.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2015
  5. CaseyV

    CaseyV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2013

    Thank you everyone for the input.
  6. TNBielefelder

    TNBielefelder Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2015
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    I realize this post is very old but how did this incubator and incubation method work out for you?

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