Those with sportsman incubators HELP!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matthew1985, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. matthew1985

    matthew1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a sports man 1502 and it holds temps like a champ!! but for some reason i dont kno why but some off my eggs will start do devlop then die get the blood ring my humidity is 49-52% for the firs 18 idk what im doin wrong or is this normal this happend to 2 out of 12 of my eggs and help would be great o and i have the plug in to keep the humidity to that point but one whole in back an one on side is still open so it should be getting good air right? if i remove plug it will go to like 40-44 let me kno what yall think
     
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

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    It could be a couple things. My first question would be the quality of the eggs.
    Are they porous?
    Are they clean?
    Have they been mishandled?
    How old are they?
    Shipped?
    It probably doesn't have anything to do with the incubator... unless it isn't properly cleaned.
     
  3. matthew1985

    matthew1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the eggs are local and clean...um the incubator is clean i only used it one year and whiped it all down with just water is there something els i should be doin i mean theres like 40 eggs in there rite now i jus dident kno why the two started then stoped is that normal?>
     
  4. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is completely normal for some of the chicks to develop and not hatch or pip and die. That is the way it happens for the hen; why should you expect anything different? saladin
     
  5. matthew1985

    matthew1985 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so how do i need to clean tha bator becouse there were blood rings?
     
  6. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    I wash out the 1202 here with pretty strong bleach water, at least a capful to a few gallons, then let it air or, preferably, sun dry. The bleach can take a day to dissipate, be sure you wipe out with regular water afterwards. I even unscrewed the back off it before, and used a toilet brush to get around the turning racks.

    I have only had as many as 16 eggs in there at a time; I keep the bottom center vent cracked throughout the incubation and use the top center one to control my humidity. With more eggs, they may or not need more air, though the owner of this bator only ever said she cracked that bottom vent, and she hatched *thousands* of eggs with the thing over 15 years. I open the vents full out once all chicks are hatched so they can dry.
     
  7. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Sportsman is very old (30-40?): made totally out of wood. I set and hatch continuously from Thanksgiving until the end of May. Mine has 4 drawers; the drawers are moved down until it is time to hatch when they are at the bottom. Each drawer is washed after the hatch, but the incubator itself is not washed throughly until hatching season is through. I do add bleach to the water pan each time I set new eggs at the rate of 1-2 ozs. per gallon. This does no harm to the eggs that are already set or to the chicks that are hatching. My hatch rate runs around 85-90% of fertilized eggs. saladin
     

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