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

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pigfarmer, May 28, 2011.

  1. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my second hatch... a year apart. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    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??????????????????????? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    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.
     
  2. Razadia

    Razadia The Odd One

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    Do you have a still or forced air incubtor?
     
  3. Ceinwyn

    Ceinwyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

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    Quote:What she said! [​IMG] Do a search on here for "dry incubation"-it works much better for most people. [​IMG] Good luck!
     
  5. Razadia

    Razadia The Odd One

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    Quote:What she said! [​IMG] Do a search on here for "dry incubation"-it works much better for most people. [​IMG] Good luck!

    What they said. [​IMG]
     
  6. pigfarmer

    pigfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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