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August 30, 2015, 11:30:44 AM
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LittleBit

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Poor Chris set 22 eggs and only 3 hatched.  His humidity was a little high for the first 18 days....say around 50-55%, but he said his incubator's instructions said to keep it at that.  He has the Hovabator 1588.   He's not understanding why, but he told me he only candled 4.  I stressed to him to start candling all of them and to throw out the bad ones, but the boy just doesn't listen, but he's also really busy.  I told him without candling, he could have had a lot of infertile eggs, that you just don't know unless you look at them. Any other thoughts? I told him to break them open and see what he had.  He hasn't told me the result yet.

August 30, 2015, 01:22:29 PM
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I feel so bad! I forgot to tell Chris to trim their hiney's.  I know he didn't candle as he should have, but dang I feel bad not telling him this!

August 30, 2015, 03:51:39 PM
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Hovabators are tricky.  I have four of them, no longer in use, but I kept them "just in case".  You have to be extra careful to put a Hovabator in a place where the temp is stable, not by a window or a/c vent.  Also, I used to use two thermometers in them, one regular and one digital.  Seems like they tend to run a little cool, but each one different.

I don't think it was the humidity.  Sometimes we have lockdown after lockdown after lockdown, so have to keep humidity high maybe a week or 10 days at a time while other eggs are still in their early incubation.  We still get good hatches.

Were they eggs from his chickens?  If they were laid in very hot weather, the roos may not have been interested in their duty.  Chris should not feel like he failed, but just try again.

My boys don't listen to me either.   eye roll

August 30, 2015, 03:56:09 PM
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Hovabators are tricky.  I have four of them, no longer in use, but I kept them "just in case".  You have to be extra careful to put a Hovabator in a place where the temp is stable, not by a window or a/c vent.  Also, I used to use two thermometers in them, one regular and one digital.  Seems like they tend to run a little cool, but each one different.

I don't think it was the humidity.  Sometimes we have lockdown after lockdown after lockdown, so have to keep humidity high maybe a week or 10 days at a time while other eggs are still in their early incubation.  We still get good hatches.

Were they eggs from his chickens?  If they were laid in very hot weather, the roos may not have been interested in their duty.  Chris should not feel like he failed, but just try again.

My boys don't listen to me either.   eye roll

Yes.....he has the lavender roo (Buck) my favorite and 6 hens.  I sent him a digital because he had a bad hatch the last time too......I'll have to talk to him as to where he has the incubator.  Didn't think about that either......Thanks Dawn...........

August 30, 2015, 04:20:25 PM
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I rarely candle eggs because I always end up dropping one and that makes me really mad.  So if you don't candle, you just have to accept that what you got is what was viable. 

Another thing about hovabators is not opening at all until the hatch is finished.  The chicks are completely safe in there for 24 or even 36 hrs. because they are living off their egg yolk.  If you have to open, mist the eggs lukewarm water to keep inner membrane moist and humidity will return to desirable level quicker.

August 30, 2015, 07:45:07 PM
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With the birds he is working with its almost mandatory to trim their asses... They are just so fluffy back there it's real hard for Ol mister roo to make that "kiss" and not get anything but feathers!

August 30, 2015, 08:01:26 PM
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I know......my bad!

August 31, 2015, 07:23:49 PM
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Okay, Chris texted me. 4 were infertile, 7 fully developed, but dead and the rest embryos. He wants to do good.....he's as anal as me, but busy. The cabin definitely does not have a stable temp. There is no air conditioner.....all natural. Don't know how he prepares his eggs before setting or what he uses to clean incubator when through. Can't ask him too much or he gets a little twitchy.....You know, his Mama can't know more than him...... hit the fan  Want to help him.....I say ditch the hovabator and get a brinsea! But the cabin would be hard keeping the temperature sort of stable.  If he's not there, I'm sure it's not checked on. Anyway......if anyone has any suggestions............

September 01, 2015, 02:35:55 AM
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People used to incubate before they had central heat and air.  He just needs to locate a spot where the wind won't blow on it or the sun shine on it.  (That sounded kind of rude.)  Not by the stove or any appliance that gives off heat.  But its very hard to hatch in a hovabator without giving it daily attention.  You are probably right about the Brinsea.

September 01, 2015, 04:26:07 PM
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Not rude Sweetie! Just the truth........Love you