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Yikes! My hatch seems to be stalled...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by alpinefarm, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. alpinefarm

    alpinefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    21st day of incubation was Thurs. One chick pipped Fri evening and it and a second one were out of the shells this morning, Sat. One more chick has been peeping all day in the shell but hasn't pipped yet and the other 7 eggs (which looked to be developing normally when candled a week ago) aren't doing anything.

    I am hatching at 5000+ altitude in a styrofoam incubator with a fan and have been keeping the humidity at 45 till 3 days before the due date, then upped it to 50-55. Both air holes are open. The temp has been at 99-100. Both temp and humidity have been jumping around the past couple of days and I'm struggling to keep it all steady, checking on it through the nights.

    Does anyone have any ideas for me? I am going nuts!
     
  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    [​IMG] I would up the humidity to 65.

    Good luck
     
  3. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2008
    Middle Tennessee
    I would crank up the humidity too. Add warm, damp sponges if you have to. The chicks could get stuck in the shell without sufficient humidity at hatch.

    Good luck, and please keep us posted.
     
  4. crazychicken

    crazychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    NC
    Look in the link in my signature if you need help with them.
     

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