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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:56 am 
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Hi all I'm fairly new to incubating and am wondering how many people add fresh eggs to eggs already incubating? Does the increase in humidity at day 19 for lot one (perhaps 3 or 4 days until hatched), adversely affect lot 2 that may be at day 10 or day 15 etc?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:33 pm 
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The increase in humidity probably doesn’t matter much. Stopping turning at the 10-15 day mark might have a slight adverse/negative effect on the newer eggs though, especially if they’re closer to 10 days rather than 15 days. The other factor is that hatching makes the incubator filthy, which isn’t an ideal environment for the younger eggs bringing up the rear. You should still get an ok result but it’s not the ideal way to do it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:25 pm 
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Thanks Rachael. If I were to do it I would keep the others in the egg holders tilting and just remove 2 or 3 of the egg racks to make room for the eggs ready to hatch. Lay down some chux for hatching and then remove it and the bulk of the mess once hatching is done. I hear you though - not an ideal environment and certainly not something to do over and over. Thanks.


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There is a risk if leaving the racks tilting, that the chicks will climb over them and get caught - some nasty injuries happen that way. I would put your due eggs into hatching baskets - contains the chicks and the mess.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:51 am 
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Or as I do now, have a cheap janoel hex, just for hatching, about $70. Is working ok. Keeps the good incubator clean. Sue where did you get the hatching trays.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:40 pm 
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That's a great idea Sue!


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2018 12:45 pm 
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Just on the humidity, I found this post on Backyard Chickens that has some interesting info. Does anyone follow this method?

https://www.backyardchickens.com/thread ... wn.577310/


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Probably the Reject Shop or Home Base - had to look around a bit to find ones with out a solid base


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