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 Post subject: Any experienced incubator users out there?
PostPosted: Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:50 pm 
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I have a Brinsea octagon incubator and am having a few problems :?: Every time I hatch some eggs I have 1 really healthy chick hatch on day 21 :D then either a sickly one the following day or the rest not making it as far as pipping. I've tried adjusting the humidity and I know the temperature is correct. The egg that hatches is always in the same spot indicating a humidity problem but even when i adjust it it's the same spot that hatches :? CONFUSED :shock:
The last 2 healthy chicks have also managed to cut themselves on the sharp edges of the shell before I get a chance to open up the incubator and remove it. The last one's inards fell out (yuk) and had to be dispatched. The latest one looks like it has a bulge of something hanging underneath it that could be internal workings but is otherwise healthy and eating and drinking fine. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong or should I give up now. I've looked at the manufactures site and some specialist forums but they all say humidity problems which I can't seem to solve. jut wondered if anyone else has ever eperienced anything like this and can throw some advice my way.


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 Post subject: Re: Any experienced incubator users out there?
PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:59 pm 
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I've used an incubator a few times and had a 50% hatch rate on average. Bit bizarre about the eggs always hatching in the same spot. Could be a humidity problem. I've read that alot of people run their incubators dry only adding water in the final 3 days as this region is extreemly humid. My neighbor is a real cigar fanatic and is always moaning that the humidity guage in his cigar box is always howing too humid.
As for the deformed chicks dont cull them straight away. Try a splint (rubber band round the legs) or for curled toes lay a strip of sticking plaster flat on the table then place the toes in the corect position on top. Fold the plaster over making sure it is well stuck either side of the toes to sto[ them moving. Trim the plaster if necessary. A few days like this will solve the curled toes problem.
Keep trying though playing with humidity levels etc. When you "crack it" sorry :mrgreen: it'll be worth it.
Let us know how you get on.


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 Post subject: Re: Any experienced incubator users out there?
PostPosted: Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:48 pm 
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Ok. Next batch should hatch today :| I haven't candled the eggs so out of the 6 I don't know how many fertile I have but I definately heard cheaping this morning and we're on day 20. I've only added water on day 18 when I stopped turning them to increse the humidity and I'm going to resist all temptation and not open it until I think they're all done. We've already placed bets on the ones we think are going to hatch!! Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some good news :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Any experienced incubator users out there?
PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:13 pm 
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Okay, good news is we had 2 healthy chicks :D (no screwed up toes or falling out inards!). :? Bad new is I lost the bet!! The usual spot didn't hatch even though the egg was fertile!
Out of the 6 we had 2 hatch, 1 infertile, 1 very early death and 2 late deaths probably around day 17 judging by the amount of fluid still in the shell. This matches our previous best! Strictly speaking it's better as our previous best had 2 hatches and 3 deaths around day 20. The main difference this time was we didn't open the incubator at all. It wsn't opened until the day after the 2 hatched successfully. Well the next batch is on so in 3 weeks time hopefully we'll see more improvement. :?:


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