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    Have you double checked the temps with a separate thermometer? I'd be worried about the incubator malfunctioning and cooking the eggs - or cooling them to much maybe?

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    Good point Lauren, I always run a second temperature probe as the units display temp is heaps different to actual temps at egg level. I run the unit at 34c and at tub level temps are 29-30.5 constantly

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    If you look at photo 2 you can see the probe in a tub of vermiculite that is at the same level but I will check the tub temps

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    The only real other possability is that your substrate is way to wet if you are getting water on your lids

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    But the. Why are they dimpling then shrinking? I though it was because the heat was pushing the water from underneath onto the lid

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    I'm losing another good one please someone give me a solution

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    Did you check temps again? I'd be using one of the ones that reads maximum and minimum temps over a period of time. I'd also be getting some smaller tubs, make one up a bit dryer then you are using, and one that's a bit more moist. Distribute the healthy looking eggs into these containers. That should cover all your bases and hopefully give you a better idea of what might be causing this. It's very hard to determine your setup over photos so that is what I would be doing. Candle them again when moving to see if they all still look healthy and fertile and be very careful when moving that you don't rotate them at all.

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    I think we have all given you many solutions though not sure you have taken it on board ?.
    Did you dry out your containers at all so you have way less excess moisture on the sides and lid ?
    Have you got the temps sitting around 29-30 ?

    If you have done this and still losing eggs then its not your incubation.
    You will find there is a problem with your eggs.
    They may have development problems causing hatchies to die early etc. Have you cut one of these bad eggs open ?

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    I have made a fresh batch of vermiculite and with a ratio of one container 60/40 and the other 50/50 to range it out and test. I Candled all eggs and discarded the bad and I am left with 5 from the first clutch and eight from the second. Probes and hydrometers are in the egg containers and the incubation temp was raised to 29-31

    Now I wait and Hope something goes well

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    Good luck, did you cut open any bad eggs to see what was happening in them?

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