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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beetandsteet, Mar 18, 2016.
This is a great thread and thank you all for such great advice! I have a Hovabator styrofoam incubator. My very first try was a great success but 3 tries after haven't been at all. This last hatch I only had 1 hatch and she was 2 days early so I'm confused. I'm trying the dry start now and marked the air bubble to see which ones grow. Fingers crossed.
I usually leave both out after day 18 for ventilation
Hovabators out of any of the styrofoam incubators are the best quality. A chick hatching 2 days early can indicate too high incubation temperature. You may want to check your thermometers and temperature gauge. Also, a large number of early quitters (blood rings) can indicate improper temperature. You may want to keep records this time on daily temperature/humidity highs and lows, so you can see what goes wrong. Have you also considered the quality of your eggs? My own eggs from my backyard have a 60-100% hatch rate, while some eggs from the neighbor down the street have around a 30% hatch rate--in the same incubator, same hatch. Shipped eggs have a lower hatch rate also. If you're using your own flocks eggs, you may want to evaluate the chickens' diet and condition. Also, how the eggs are stored prior to incubation is important. Don't refrigerate them, and don't let them get above 70 degrees. Don't let them sit before incubation longer than 7 days (to get the best hatch rate).
Please let us know how your hatch goes!
LOL me too!
I'd say zip-tie it to a small board that's the same height as the eggs. Good luck with your hatch!
Hope you have a better hatch this time! You're right, when embryos are young they are a whole lot more sensitive to temperature spikes. Make sure you don't put the water in the water wells--if you add too much there's no easy way to take the water out! I use the bottom of a solo cup, cut to about 2-3 inches tall for pre-lockdown humidity. With the dry method you want to aim for about 30-35% humidity.
Thank you! Temp could be the issue as it fluctuates. I'm monitoring it now like the suggestions with other thermometers inside to make sure the readings are accurate. 99.5 is the norm but it goes 99.0 to 100 here and there. I've been using my own eggs from my chickens and their diet has always been good - but I'll look into maybe there's something I'm missing. Thanks again!
first pip day 20 using LG 9300 still air. It was one right under the heating element so it stands to reason that it would be first. Was a bit of a surprise. We expected tomorrow, which is day 21. Hopefully we will get an April Fools
Awesome!! The chicks are on their way!!!!