Hi - I am using the same incubator that you like. It’s my first time incubating/hatching chicks.
I set the timer on it for 21 days, not taking into consideration that some eggs may take longer. I’m wondering now, when the incubator gets down to 0 if it will just shut off, or if it will maintain temperature/humidity until I turn it off? I’m worried I need to catch it at the very end so I can re-set it to stay warm. Thanks!
Humidity levels and weather
This is the first time I have incubated chicken eggs and for the first six days the humidity was at 50% and hardly fluctuated day seven and eight it is now up to 60+% could it be the weather? It was dry and sunny last week but the temperature has dropped and it's been raining - would this have an effect? I still get confused do I add more water to bring down the humidity or less water. Many thanks. Michael.
Will low humidity at day 4 affect hatch rates?
My incubator hadn't have any water on day four, are my chicks ok?
I added water on the first day and on the forth
Candling - which way up?
I am a little confused about candling. I think I saw that eggs should be candled pointy end down.
But I also watched your video and you marked the air cell with the blunt end down although you may have said it was a little risky to do. So now I am a little confused as to which way to candle the egg. Is it pointy end down, blunt end down or either way? Can you still mark the air cell with the pointy end down? Or to mark the air cell does it need to be bunt end down?
Is this chicken egg fertile or not?
by Shreeram N
I have recently made an incubator and just for a test, I am incubating few eggs. But, I've got a confusion whether one of my egg is fertile or not. I am including a picture of the candled egg.
Only one egg hatched - were the rest infertile?
I got the eggs from a hen, from a friend's land but one hatched five days ago but there is no sign of anything happening with the other five.
I believe that out of the six eggs I only got one fertile egg by chance.
A crack and liquid on an egg - what do I do?
I had 4 eggs ready for hatching. 1 did this morning but my question is I checked on another one it has like a crack but dried liquid on the crack.
What do I do?
Air sac at wrong end?
I'm a first timer and have 6 chicken eggs in an incubator.
They are 8 days and all fertile but the air sac is in the pointy end. Is this right or will it cause problems later?
Best position of egg when locking down for hatch.
I would like to know which way up is best for the unborn chick to lay when I set them for lockdown? I always candle my eggs just before putting them in for their final journeys intra-egg.
Gravity takes some to lay on a certain side. Some I could put anyway around. So I’m asking if having candled the eggs and I can see where the chick lays do I lay it on its back or not?
Lockdown day for bantam eggs.
by Susan Vanderbeck
(New York, ny)
Today is day 16 of bantam incubated eggs. I read they pip at day 18-21.
Which day is lockdown? Day 16 or 18? I need the auto turner out before pipping. Thank you.
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