Worried about first Hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Shogun99, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Shogun99

    Shogun99 Songster

    Aug 20, 2008
    Las Cruces, NM
    So this is my first hatch and I have 28 eggs of mixed variety. The temperature has been fairly constant between 97 and 100 degrees.

    I think I may have had too much water in it the first few days and am getting a hydrometer this afternoon.

    I don't have an egg turner though and have been doing it by hand. My incubator is the Hovabator 1602N and since I turn them by hand the temp drops for about 5 mins while I turn them all (gloved hand rather).

    Is there anything else that I should be doing or should not be doing? This is my first hatch and I want a good success rate obviously.
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Once you get the hydrometer the humidity should be 40-50%. You are doing pretty good. I had the same bator and had a few good hatches.

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