Started out with 9 eggs now only 2 remain...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by LittleLola, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. LittleLola

    LittleLola Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] well this is/was my first time incubating... so I am just praying [​IMG] [​IMG] that the 2 left are healthy and that everything goes well with them. I am on day 13. I am keeping my temp at 100 degrees and humidity at 50% (with slight fluctuation here and there by a degree and humidity sometimes goes from has ranged from 46 to 54... (that happens at night once in awhile I noticed) But I figured out last night that the humidity in the room was probably low so I boiled some water in my tea kettle and poured it into some bowls that the bator is in and it seemed to work [​IMG] So please send good vibes for my only 2 lil eggies left... [​IMG] [​IMG]

    BTW the 2 have great movement... [​IMG]

    So I would like to know if there is anything else I should be doing?
    Thanks in advance
     
  2. SoccerMomof7

    SoccerMomof7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Luck...I didn't start with eggs, I bought baby chicks. Do you have to buy an incubator or can you make one?
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What brand and model incubator are you using?

    Still air temps should be 101 - 102 at the tops of the eggs.

    Forced air (with a fan) temps are good at 99.5 - 100.

    There is some really good information in the learning center for new and experienced hatchers. I tend to keep my humidity a little lower under day 18.

    Dry Incubation

    Good luck with your two eggs!
     
  4. LittleLola

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    Soccermomof7.... lol I have an incubator, but you can make on [​IMG]

    MissPrissy... I am using a hova-bator still air (so old style) the ones made out of foam... by G.Q.F I have read many posts and surfed the web and I thought that I would try what seems to be the average out of everything I have read. So what humidity would you recommend before day 18 then? I will re-read the Dry Incubation again..lol I do value your opinion very much [​IMG] so I will raise the temp to 101 and humidity???

    Thanks again,
    Sherry
     
  5. tat2edlady

    tat2edlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes Miss Prissy has some of the best info I redid both my bators to meet her directions lol but she know more thani


    Mindy
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Still air incubating you need to get the temps at the top of eggs in the 101 - 102 range. I keep my humidity around 45%.

    That tiny 1.5 degrees makes a HUGE difference in the incubation of the eggs.

    On day 18 when I stop turning I raise it to 70%.
     
  7. LittleLola

    LittleLola Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] will do MissPrissy I already have put it to 101 now to get the humidity down

    Thank you sooo much!!
     
  8. LittleLola

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    okay day 16 for my lil eggies and Miss Prissy, I have followed your advice and been keeping the temp at 101 and humidity at 45-46ish... TYVM [​IMG] so on the 18th day I up the humidity to 70% and let them be. Now I wanted to know... do I stop turning them at night on the 18th day or morning?

    Thanks in advance to any help [​IMG]
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I stop turning sometime in the evening. Actually whenever I can get a quiet minute without my 2 yr olds hands grabbing at everything. LOL
     
  10. LittleLola

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    [​IMG] okay thanks Miss Prissy! if you wouldn't mind taking a looksie at chicken behaviors and reading my post and let me know your input I would greatly appreciate it!

    thanks again!
     

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