What did I do wrong?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shelley, Apr 27, 2008.

  1. shelley

    shelley In the Brooder

    Apr 20, 2008
    Oxfordshire UK
    I incubated 6 pekin bantam eggs 2 were infertile 1 didnt grow 1 died late on and 2 just didnt hatch even though they were fully formed and kicking on day 17 before I closed the incubator. I used a home made incubator out of a polystyren box and a heat lamp on a dimmer switch and the temperature was at 100 degrees F I had the humidity at 30% up to day 17 and 60% day 18 onwards any clues as to what I can do different next time?
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Sometime I wonder if there aren't babies that just don't want to be born...grrr..... [​IMG]
    From everything you're saying, it sounds to me like you humidity was too low for the first 17 days. I think it should be closer to 50% and then raised to 70%-80% for hatching.

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