What Am I Doing Wrong ?????????????????

pigfarmer

Songster
9 Years
Jan 28, 2010
139
0
109
Central Maine
This is my second hatch... a year apart.

Last year's hatch had 30-35 viable hatching eggs, with only 10 hatching.
This year, 26 eggs, with only 9 hatching.
With both hatches, 1 chick died shortly after... for whatever reason.
I check temps and humidity levels consistently...
I am using "Little Giant" incubators with turners and fans.
During first phase, temps are around the 99-100 degree range and humidity is around 50%.
Final phase (lockdown) the temps are the same and humidity around 70%.
Most eggs that didn't hatch had fully developed chicks, but did not poke thru to the are sack??????????????????????
I had a couple eggs with no development (infertile).

WHAT IN THE WORLD AM I DOING WRONG???????????????????????


Right now, I have several turkey eggs in the bators at lockdown stage.

P.S. the chicks that survived are doing well... Ameracaunas... 2 white chicks and 6 varying colored chicks.
 

Ceinwyn

Chirping
8 Years
May 14, 2011
248
4
91
Southeast Ohio
During first phase, temps are around the 99-100 degree range and humidity is around 50%


Your humidity during the first phase is too high and the eggs aren't loosing adequate moisture.
Try to keep it between 25-30 percent humidity during the first 18 days and you should have a much better hatch rate.
Good luck and don't give up.
 

pigfarmer

Songster
9 Years
Jan 28, 2010
139
0
109
Central Maine
gonna try it... what can I loose?

just picked up a wine cooler/chiller.
gonna convert it to a multi-level incubator (dry incubation)

as of now... have 6 turkey chix hatched.
 

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