The "addiction" to hatching hopefully saved my batch last night!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4boysmom, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had moved the eggs out of the turner around 9 or 10:00 into egg cartons and gotten the bator filled up for the last 3 day sprint. DS#3 was sick, so I was up late trying to wash sheets & comforters, etc....anyway, you know how you look even though you know nothing is happening yet? I checked in on the little eggies around midnight & my humidity was 91%!!!! The egg cartons were starting to wick up the water. You never saw me move so fast as to get those eggs out of the cartons and resituate the entire operation. Made some adjustments... put new cartons on plastic lids ( like pedestals ) so they wouldn't touch the wire and put the eggs in the new cartons. Watched off & on for another hour and finally got everything good on temp & humidity (60%). This morning, it's still good. Hopefully, I caught it in time that they didn't drown.

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  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Sometimes it's a good thing to be lurking at the bator window!!! [​IMG]

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  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    I don't know your 'bator, but I hatched in cardboard cartons, too. I used a cheapo version of the meshed rubber shelf liner on most of the wire- that may be what kept the cartons dry. But the wire in the Genesis 1588 is well above the water anyway.

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  4. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best of luck!

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  5. eschwaderer

    eschwaderer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My cat once unplugged the incubator in the middle of the night. I just caught it in time!
     
  6. 4boysmom

    4boysmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think that's what messed me up - I had filled the wells very full, hoping not to have to add any water until all had hatched....I think the shelf liner started acting as the wick and passed it on to my cartons....next time, I won't fill them quite so full!
     
  7. LocoPollo

    LocoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good thing you caught that in time!
     

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