Two questions


In the Brooder
5 Years
Sep 17, 2014
What happens if humidity drops too low before all the eggs hatch?

What should I do in this event?

How long after chirping starts do eggs usually begin to pip?

So far I think only one egg is chirping but as of last night other eggs were wobbling.
If the humidity drops too low the inner membrane may shrink wrap around the chick. The chick will not be able to turn around inside the egg to finish unzipping. If the egg has been pipped for 18 to 24 hours and the pip hole just gets bigger, but doesn't go around the egg, then you will have to assist the chick to hatch. Do a search on this site and read it completely before attempting to assist.

When the eggs are wobbling they are probably within a day or two of hatching. If you are hearing chirping it may be that the pip hole is on the underside of the egg where you can't see it. But you might hear them before they pip.
Well never-mind!

4 out 5 of the chicks hatched perfectly healthy. The 5th egg has yet to pip and may not be fertile. I don't tend to candle eggs unless I have reason for concern. If still no pip by tomorrow, I will candle it.

For anyone who might be interested, I will provide some information on the hatch below.

- Incubator used Brinsea Mini Advanced

- 4 of the 5 eggs all hatched on day 19 within roughly 8 hours of each others.

- Incubation temperature 99.5 degrees.

- Did NOT set automatic cool down feature.

- Turn angle 8 (100 - 120 degree average rotation)

- Turn time ever 45 minutes.

- Average humidity during incubation estimated 57% (low 50% high 63%)

- Estimated humidity during hatch 75%- 80%

I know everyone thinks 57% is too high. This being my first time incubating I did ample research relying on .edu sources. These would be university agriculture and biology department sources. Being an academic scientist for a major university, I tend to rely upon such sources out of habit. All stated ideal humidity during incubation was 55% - 65%. Some of the non .edu sources cited lower ideal humidity but I relied on the .edu sources. The hatch went great and there were NO ill effects. My gut feeling tells me that as long as humidity remains in the mid to mid/high range, hatches will be fine.

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