What do you think went wrong?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only had five eggs hatch out of 52. All the eggs I did egg topsies on were formed and looks like they quit around day 18-19. Temp stayed consistant, humidity stayed 50+ the whole time *edited: during the last three days of lock down, only 20-30% humidity during the first 18 without any water added*. The last two eggs were shrink wrapped one ended up passing away (hoped out of a basket, through a piece of chicken wire to the light bulb where I think it got over heated and died).

    I am considering making a 2nd incubator and then turning my incubator into a hatcher. So that way I can raise the light (which I want to change to an heat emitter for reptiles) to the highest shelf and hang it above. Also maybe making the batches smaller to maybe a dozen at a time.

    This is my 3rd hatch and my results are as follows:
    first hatch zero
    2nd hatch 2
    3rd hatch 5.

    Edited humidity info due to mis-typed error.
     
    Last edited: Apr 9, 2012
  2. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you opened up the eggs where they shrink wrapped or really wet?
     
  3. abbylane35

    abbylane35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I usually do dry incubation...it does involve increasing the humidity at the end of the hatch, but I usually get about a 75% hatch rate with it. I found a post with info...I just searched Dry Incubation Method.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/410444/dry-incubation-method-some-of-our-best-hatches

    Here is an article in the Learning Center about it...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-using-the-dry-incubation-method

    Good luck!!! Don't give up, you just have to find what will work great for you!
     
  4. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All were shrink wrapped.


    humidity was only 20-30% for the first 18 days with no water added and 50%+ during the last three days (it's day 5 and still up at 51%). Sorry I mis-typed that and didn't catch it till you pointed it out.

     

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