Lots of time I set them aside in the bator and they end up staying there till the end. Because the air cell usually dips down one side and that is the side they pip, providing they aren't malpositioned. Hatch day started at day 20. If they are large then yes, raise it. I also believe it's beneficial to them to have at least water, (I use save a chick electrolytes in my water right after hatch. I'm just worried I'm going to start things off on the wrong foot. By all means, if you don't have any early pippers, push it back. Unfortunetly when comments aren’t made as new comments and are done as a reply, I can’t find them here on the page, because it doesn’t take me to the comment, just the page, but hopefully you will see this reply. If the are loosing weight too fast higher humidity to slow down moisture loss. I'm sure there's some pertinent info in there about your specific incubator, but as a guideline for new hatchers they are awful!!!!! I got chickens dumped on me, roos started mating at just 11-12 weeks with 4 hens I was taking care of for the same friend that dumped her chicks on me, lol, and now she doesn't want them back either. If so, to what level? Help! I would love to have an answer for you, but that is way out of my league. Hi Amy. After sending my post I decided to get a moist paper towel, take the egg out to candle and check for breathing. Good luck and keep us updated! Thanks for giving some important information about safety. Not sure what the outcome will be but he definitely isn't a quitter. Just keep an eye at the bottom for malpo pippers because it's harder to see when they are in the carton. Fully formed some with partially absorbed yolk sacs however they were very wet (fluid in the egg) and they still had some albumen in them. I run dry as long as the air cells aren't growing too fast and let them guide me as to when to higher and lower humidity. I had a horrible hatch with it. Thanks for all the info. His pip hole is about the size of an eraser now and looks like maybe some white membrane starting to show. He won’t be able to position himself to progress. So to answer your question, no a day that high will not ruin your hatch. Hi Haley! Hi guys!!! Hi Tom. Any thoughts you have would be great. We planned to use an old egg carton with small holes to allow air flow to keep them upright. Hi Brenda! I would start with 30-40% humidity, providing the egg has lost enough moisture up to this point, but then again, you aren't sure of what this point is, so that may be harder to judge. Even if you have a weak, failure to thrive chick that will possibly not make it, starting an assist with heavy veining in the membranes has as high a chance if not higher of causing death. I was told to wait for the pip, give them 24 hours and begin to slowly remove their shell every 30 min. Made sure that the "wire" hanging down was not touching. The advanced are pretty hands off machines. Now, technically, eggs do no need to be turned for the last week of incubation, however, most people continue turning until lockdown. That’s awesome! So a lot of it is checking and noting warm/cold areas of bator and rotating eggs if neccessary. I personally am not comfortable with less than 25% humidity (for the length of the incubation). High humidity at any given time during incubation is not a killer. I am running a still-air styrofoam incubator. At least 65% more if you are going to be opening the bator during hatch. That's what I have found the most success with for me. I have a Styrofoam incubator that suggests 50 to 60% humidity. Sorry about that. Thanks. The eggs were on the right laying down and the light bulb and water dish on the left (blocked by chicken wire to protect the chicks). If you want to send me pics to assess any goo/blood, my email is Amylynn2374@hotmail, just make sure you reference chick in the memo so I know not to delete it. Thank you Amy. I'm using a GQF 1502 Sportsman model incubator that has digital settings (but my thermometer and humidity checker are in the mail). Even in my bigger incubator I remove my chicks once they are up and moving. I don't do staggered hatches primarily because of the humidity issue. I have the hova bator 1583, it's the non digital version of the 1588, and holds temps awesome. When is stinky? Oh I another time I threw an egg that I thought won't hatch and in the evening from work they were their with a little healthy chick!!! Just wanted to let you know so that you can look for it in the thread under your posted comment. Incorrect or inadequate turning. I learned all I wanted to. However, the farther you get off day 21, (especially late) the higher the chances of developmental issues. Anyway, I have him out of the shell & back in incubator. Hi Amy, I have tried to find you over at byh, you had answered a couple of questions for me on byc about the hatch I have going, my very first hatch, anyway then the site shut down,of course,lol. Hi I'm on day 19 our first batch of chicken eggs. Temps will though. So if I am calculating my temp with my thermometer under that heating element the eggs under the heating element are going to develope better/ faster than any eggs in the outter or center part of my incubator. An internal pic, when candling can be seen as a shadow, usually triangular(ish) in shape that is poked up and moving inside the air cell. Rupturing the veins by premature assisting has a high possibility of causing the chick to bleed out. I don't see any vent holes anywhere so have to open lid all the time. I can give you some info on incubating in an incubator, but I have never hatched ducks, so I wouldn't be very helpful in the development department. The white goo is most likely just egg goo and poo. Nice article. I did check the thermometer using crushed ice and a little water....left it in for a few minutes, it was right on 32 degrees. I have rarely heard anyone NOT like their Brinsea, even the ECO models. if and how to adjust the humidity ... Hi. Cheers! First one was disastrous... not one out of 6 eggs hatched. I am so very sorry I was not able to help you when commented. A second thought is silica packets. If you still have any questions, please ask, even if it is for info for next time. I really think it gives them that extra boost they need after all that work hatching.) Is that forced air? If the veining has gone and it still hasn't progressed, then you can assist more, only going as long as there is no bleeding or heavy veining. Open it, wipe it down and take some water out. First, have you ever checked your hygrometer for accuracy? If the bator has the digital controls/thermostat then yes, it should regulate its temps during incubation. Thank you, I am about to start my first hatch in a few days and of course have some trepidations (well really quite a few). Hatching them upright is perfectly fine. I carefully widen the hole around the pip, just the shell, and check to make sure beak is up at the hole and no legs are sticking up there. Do I need to jump in and help with this hatch?? Thank you for the appreciation. Most wisdom comes from trial and error. That's totally opposite what most people see. If you have any more questions just let me know. We've been real busy and I just now checked my email as I haven't in a week. In any case, use the air cells to gauge humidity. I hope this might help in aiming you in the right direction. I see that I had some comments that I had missed answering at the time they were left. Or some have developed faster than others. Humidity is most important as the average over the incubation period. You are my hero!! Many people do. I forgot to mention, the egg that I can’t see any signs of life/growth in is very very porous compared to the other 5 eggs. It swung between 28% to 68% most we struggled keeping it in the 30-40% range. my daughter and I are incubating 12 silkies... We read the manual and have followed directions exactly. But everyone has their own methods. what about the temp in an air circulated incubator like the HovaBator Deluxe Egg Incubator Combo Kit that has everything including egg turner, thermometer, humidity guage, egg candler and and is not still air? Hi. I do start an assist after 24 hours to make sure the position is ok. Little did I know about anything. incubator in place, and if necessary, move the thermometer so you can view the temperature readings thru either window. I use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq4XEGpJb60 You can use any sounds of chicks chirping, this is just the best one that I have ever found. Then if I need to increase during hatch, All I do is pull out a sponge and wet it. I love it. could that be twins?