In the Brooder
- Feb 4, 2010
Okay what am I doing wrong? At best we are getting a 50% hatch rate. We just finished our last hatch and this is really getting to me. We had the incubator set at 100 degrees and humidity at 40%. On day 18 we moved them into the hatcher. Temp was rock solid at 100 degrees and we had the humidity at 60-65%. There was a period of 5 or 6 hours that the temps went crazy and reached 105 but i finally got it set and it stayed right on the money. Closed the door and left it closed. On the morning of day 22 we opened the door and took out everything that was hatched and dry. We would have waited longer but had to leave town for a funeral. I had my daughter open the hatcher back up on day 23 and take out the rest of the live chicks and close it back up. We got back to town last night and cleaned out the hatch [day 24]. We ended up with about 50% making it. I could understand if they were shrink wrapped what with opening the hatcher but we had a lot of eggs that never hatched at all. We broke open the eggs and found fully formed chicks that were dead!. Did the crazy temps kill the chicks or now I.m thinking that the humidity may have been to high and they drowned. What do you think?