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Dave C

Dry Hatch

Well I have chicks due to hatch this week
And done my first dry hatch, so fingers crossed.

I will be only adding the water on lock down last 2 days.

Anyone else dry hatch ?
darkbrowneggs

I always dry incubated  - after total disasters following the incubator instructions !!

Mine were done on a rolling incubation - eggs in every week, then taken out just before hatch to hatcher.  Then sometimes I added water to the hatcher, sometimes not, depending on how full the eggs looked when I transferred them over

Thick shelled eggs tend to loose less mixture through evaporation resulting in wet chicks or chicks that cannot hatch as they are too crammed into the shell
brewer66

I leave the inncy dry until over half the eggs have chipped then just add a little water to keep the membrane from drying and getting tough.
bodger

Our climate has become that much more humid over the years, that generally water in for the last couple of days tends to be the way to go.
Dave C

Yes that's the plan

They are due on Wednesday so the waters going in tomorrow morning
And fingers crossed  
bodger

My old mate the gamekeeper is coming here shortly to pick up a magpie for his trap. He was the one that told me that due to changes in our climate, many of the instruction manuals for some makes of incubator had been made obsolete.
Dave C

yes but no matter how many times i tell the ladys at the nusery school that, they insist on putting water in from the start.

Because it say that in the manual  

And they never have a very good hatch  
Dave C

Well we were right again, the ladys at the nusery school hatched 0

from 14 eggs, 5 were clear and all the rest were drowned in shell

But will they be told NO!
They still wont have it and are planning on sending their Incys back to Brinsea  

They even told me they put extra water in on friday night so it wouldnt run out over the week end  
sandrar

Is it possible to set the incubator at home until approx.the 18th 19th day or when the turner needs to be stopped and then transport it to the nursery ? That way you could control the humidity and they could up it for the last few days before the hatch. It may help to prove a point and result in chicks.
Woodburner

What make of incubator is it?  I've just found Brinsea's manual online and it's very informative. Might be worth printing off and highlighting the critical bits, even if it isn't a Brinsea one.  
maxie

Im setting my first hatch tomorrow in a brinsea,am i better to dry hatch?
Dave C

Woodburner wrote:
What make of incubator is it?  I've just found Brinsea's manual online and it's very informative. Might be worth printing off and highlighting the critical bits, even if it isn't a Brinsea one.  


I've been through it many times with them  

Ha, anyway I am sure there is nothing wrong with the Incy

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