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I have jumped in the deep end without a life vest. My Dad gave me an old incubator of his (Styrofoam little giant still air) and I plugged it in with an automatic egg turner I purchased just that day to see how it worked. Only had thermometer in incubator, had put water in channels because...well, that was what it said to do in the instructions. Got temp regulated to 99.5, doing good, got overly excited and popped in 8 eggs from my flock. (Hangs head in shame) Yes, I did. Did some research online, found out I need a humidifier monitor too. Ran to store and got a combo temp/humidifier monitor and popped that in bator too. Was 34% humidity and 99 temp. Did more reading. Checked water in bator. None there! Found small pin hole where it was leaking out. Put damp sponge in, humidity level higher at 54%. All the conflicting levels recommended for humidity during days 1-18, not to mention for days 19 to hatch, had me very confused. So I did what I should have done in the beginning. I asked the "old-timers" from my state site for help. And was told that for my high humidity state (Louisiana) a dry incubation period was best, so around 30%+ humidity. Could have saved myself alot of stress but cest la vie. I am on day 2 with expected hatch day of Oct. 14th. If anyone wants to join me on this journey, hop on my thread or guide me to one already started. Teresa smile.png
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You may find these articles helpful - good luck with your hatching

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-using-the-dry-incubation-method

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 

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Thank you mutts fan for the info links. Very informative smile.png

I candled my 8 eggs. 6 have good veining, air sacs and movement of embryo. One appeared to not be fertilized and one had died and had the blood ring. I removed those two eggs. Was exciting to see the embryos floating and moving around in the other eggs. smile.png
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