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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:29 am 
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I am wondering if anyone knows of someone who is able to fix incubator issues - paid of course.
The multi-plo incubators we have are forming chicks, but the hatch is rate is not great.
My husband thinks it is humidity and has been trying to fix the problem for weeks, but not getting it right.
If anyone knows an incubator expert who could help, please get them to contact me on 0438 537758.
Thanks in advance.
Kim (0438 537758)


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:48 am 
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Hi Kim;
There shouldn't be too much to fix with humidity for a multi-plo.
More often than not people try to fix these issues by increasing the humidity, you are better off with reducing the humidity.
Just go with what the instructions say for the incubator, if no instructions just top up the water dish when you see it is empty. A day or two with no water doesn't hurt.
Not all issues of fully formed chicks not hatching is due to humidity. The instant the chick has to start breathing for the first time will result in death if they have problems with organs etc. Parents diet can cause/improve weak chicks.

If your husband has been trying to increase the humidity get him to stop and maybe run it without any water in it at all.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:24 am 
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The multi-plo incubators we have are forming chicks, but the hatch is rate is not great

Hello Kim,
I saw your question on Monday and was watching for someone else with more direct experience to help you.
You have more than one Multiplo, so I have to assume that you have the usual bases covered.
Can you tell us more about what it is that you're doing and what it is that is happening please?
Cheers

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:50 am 
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Kim as Dennis said, there are more things likely to affect hatching success than incubator error. Accurate temperature is important. Have you checked this with a reliable (medical) thermometer -measured at the same position as the temp probe in the incubator. Specific humidity is much less important. Some humidity during days 1 -18, more for the last few days. It will rise naturally as the chicks hatch. Ambient humidity will affect this (eg wet weather/tropical climate)
Have you used your incubators successfully before - is this a new problem?
Have you candled (or weighed) the eggs during incubation? The size of the air cell is the best indicator of developmental progress.
Where have you sourced the eggs? Posted eggs are notoriously unsuccessful. Parental nutrition is probably the single most important factor affecting hatching success. Can you give us some background here?
Genetics sometimes also plays a part. Some breeds, especially those with a small gene pool tend to have low hatch rates. Pullet eggs, with a smaller shell, often tend to be harder than those from hens.
When you opened the unhatched eggs were you able to tell the stage that the chicks stopped developing? there are some charts - I will try to find the links.


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