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TOPIC: Incubating Problems

Incubating Problems 1 year 1 month ago #18882

This year I have had horrible luck incubating chicks. Most of the eggs form chicks, but they die just before hatching. I keep my humidity at around 55% and then move it to about 70% in the last few days and I keep my temperature at 38 degrees celsius. Please Help!
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Chickengirls I myself hatch around 55% and seem to have pretty good luck. I would be interested in hearing what others humidity they hatch at but at 70% seems a little high to me
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Incubating Problems 1 year 1 month ago #18884

I hatch close to 70% but I run mine about 35-40 during incubation. David what do you run yours during incubation?
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I run mine around 40-45 during incubation and hatch around 55
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I shoot for around 40 in the incubator. I bump the hatcher up to about 50 the day before they hatch, when they start hatching it ends up around 65 or 70. Watch those air cells, you should have a nice size aircell at day 18
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If you have chicks dying in the shell, then your humidity is probably off. First step is to get a decent hygrometer that is fairly accurate and check it as Clink advised. You may be surprised as to how much your hygrometer is off. I use an old fashioned wet bulb and have few problems with humidity. Your goal is around 50% for the first 18 days and then 65-70% the last 3 days. As you can see buy the other comments, others run their machines differently and that comes from the difference in climactic conditions over the country. Don't open the incubator until the hatch is complete.
You didn't say if your chicks were hatching early, on time, or late, so I don't think you have a temperature issue.
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38 degrees Celsius = 100.4 Fahrenheit, it could be your temp. But what I have found is to keep humidity at 50% thru out the entire 21 days incubation, I never change it and have a 99% hatch rate of all fertile eggs, and that's in homemade incubators. GQF says to keep humidity during the first 18 days at 45-50%, the last 3 days at 50-55% so if 50% is the high for the first 18 days and also the low for the last 3 days I figured I would just leave it 50% thru the entire hatch and that worked great for me.
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