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« on: June 20, 2007, 11:52:55 AM »

Well today is day 20 of the incubation and I have a question that I was hoping to get clarification on.

1st off I plan on pulling the turner when I get off today, and increasing the humidity to 70-75%, and decreasing the temp to 98.5(forced air little giant bator)

My question is this.
I am having to refill the water every day just to keep the humidity at 55-60%. 
So I assume I will have to do the same during hatching. 
I read on this forum somewhere in researching this and someone mentioned not opening the lid during hatching especially if they have pipped because it only takes a few seconds of outside air to cause them to stick to the membrane. 
Is this true?  If so how would you go about refilling water? 

Thanks in advance!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2007, 12:12:47 PM »

You need to keep the opening to a minimum.  Usually I open and remove chicks once a day.  Water is critical to the humidity, so to keep from opening, I put a plastic tube (Straw) on a small funnel, open one of the vents on the lid, push the straw in and down and put warm water in that way.  A little bit of a pain, but effective in keeping the lid on!
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2007, 12:48:30 PM »

Thanks for the tip GSC!  I think I actually read that in one of the post also.  I had thought about trying that too.  But since I will be opening once per day to remove chicks I may just top off the water at that time.

Guess I will play it by ear. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2007, 04:48:17 PM »

I have not heard about reducing the heat during the last 3 days tho.
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« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2007, 05:31:26 PM »

Thats weird most everything I have read says to drop it 1/2 - 1 degree.
Here are a few of them.  Probably wouldnt hurt to leave it at 99-100 though.
http://pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/B1215.htm#Breeder
http://www.gbwf.org/quail/quail_chart.html
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2007, 05:54:27 PM »

Yea prolly wouldn't make much of a difference for the last 3 days. Im using a preset incubator and pretty much just use it as is all the way through.

Good luck!
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2007, 05:00:36 PM »

I have not heard about reducing the heat during the last 3 days tho.

Same here. Never heard of lowering temp to that degree.

The "gwbf" chart says to reduce for the last week.  ??  But it doesn't say what...humidity or temp?

For incubation period, one site says 21-23 days (gwbf) the other says 23-24 (uga).  I know that actual hatching date all depends on several different variables......I'm just pointing out the discrepencies on those particular sites.

It also helps hold in the humidity if you can get the birds out through the windows, instead of opening the entire top.  Smaller kids hands are good for this,  :laugh:.

Maybe some others have an opinion/experience/knowledge with lowering the temp?

Good Luck.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2007, 11:25:09 PM »

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Maybe some others have an opinion/experience/knowledge with lowering the temp?

Yup, it's a fact.

Now yer gona want data, heh ?

 :laugh:

Not at this moment though ! Tired.....
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2007, 11:39:00 PM »

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Maybe some others have an opinion/experience/knowledge with lowering the temp?

Yup, it's a fact.

Now yer gona want data, heh ?

 :laugh:

Not at this moment though ! Tired.....

Oh C'mon,  it's early where you're at!  I figured you would have somethin'.

Thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2007, 10:49:04 AM »

Well today is day 22 and I am still running it at 99.5-100 so that is where i will keep it.
Thanks for the responses.  I am hoping to see some moving of the eggs today.  I did notice one moving a little yesterday.> Or maybe I just strained my eyes to the point where I thought it moved. :laugh:
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« Reply #10 on: June 23, 2007, 02:07:41 PM »

And the hatch is on.


perfect timing.  These eggs were set 5-31 @ 11pm and the hatch started today 6-23 @12 pm

I was a little concerned about the accurite thermometer and hygrometer that I bought from walmart but looks like they worked fine.

Thanks for everyone support and tips.
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2007, 02:53:16 PM »

Cool stuff !

I'm going outside to check on my "incubator" now....(Valley hen sitting, due yesterday)
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2007, 07:23:31 PM »

You are right about that Reeves.  My son is also loving it!
So far the hatch has exceeded my expectations.
Out of 29 eggs that I put in the hatcher, 25 have hatched.  Pretty excited about that.
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2007, 06:51:48 PM »

Sportdog, I actually go 48 hours from the first chicks out until I take them out. It will help keep your humidity level up, and you should have less chicks that get stuck in the shell.

Who did you buy your eggs from?

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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2007, 10:08:38 AM »

magnumhntr,
These were eggs I collected from my adult birds.
I had a really good hatch too.  I did end up with 25 birds.  2 others hatched but neither could walk. They had a messed up foot. And the other two eggs I candled and they had stop developing sometime after my first candling.

Thanks for the tip.
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