After candling a couple of the eggs, we began the final process of locking down the incubator for the next few days. We removed the eggs from the turner, transferring eggs to cartons for a few moments; the turner is no longer needed. Once the turner was removed, we worked to increase the humidity inside the incubator. Humidity needs to be increased to 90% and stay there consistently through the hatch. We added water to all the tray cavities, and added water-soaked sponges as well. We then carefully laid all eggs into the incubator and shut the lid. Now we wait for the humidity level to hit 90 percent.
Exciting times will begin in a few days. Stay tuned!
What's been happening inside that shell?
I'm the Anatomy & Physiology instructor at New Castle Homeschool Co-op for the 2017-18 school year. As an extension to our class, my family is participating in a 4-H Embryology Program, and will be hatching up to 24 white leghorn chicks in Mid-March. If you would like to learn and enjoy the project with us, we'd love to have you along!