Originally Posted by cajuntc74
Yes I have eggs in there with different due dates. The reason for that was my complete lack of knowledge of the hatching process. When I first got the incubator I was putting eggs in there almost every day. Hussy would lay and egg and I would mark it and put it in there. I didn't realize that having them all hatch on the same day was so very important. I do now! I will empty the incubator of all the water. I have one duckling that should hatch on Thanksgiving Day....any advice for that one?
Also.. I would love to know... is day 28 the day they should actually hatch or the day they should start the initial pipping thing? So should they actually take up to 30 days to completely come out of the shell? That is one question I have asked Google about 100 times. It just says it takes 28 days for them to hatch. Should they be pipping around day 26 or 27?
I really need that second incubator...I have no idea what happened to that thing. I think it is working fine but needs to be calibrated correctly. I think my daughter may have pushed some buttons on it or something. It was working perfectly then BOOM! It is one of those yellow, no name brand, ones from China.. the instruction are horribly written and nearly impossible to understand. My husband is a brilliant man and he just shakes his head when he reads it too. The only name brand it has on the is HHD. It got very high reviews from every site I looked at that sells them. I got one from Ebay and it is still working perfectly and the other one we got franother one. My husband said he wants to just get me anoom Amazon. I asked the seller on Amazon for a replacement and they said they would only offer a refund and wouldn't sell me ther one ...any suggestions on which kind I should get? We don't have a fortune to spend but I want a nice one that is easy to use.
Thank you so much for your input! You and Orca are amazing and I appreciate you both!
YES, the one that is coming, HOPEFULLY it is NOT sticky, again three days before due date candle him. Exspecially the smaller end, look for any empty space, the egg should be completely black at the smaller end. then ONCE a day spray him. Take a spray bottle, put warm water in it and spray him once a day until he starts to crack that shell open..
28 days is JUST a guide line, I have seen some get soooooo Impatient that they are out before there due date, I have seen some not get completely out until two to three days after. there's a lot of things that go on during the incubating process, you could have hot spots in your bator that causes them to come out before 28 days, you could have cold spots that will make them take there time.
You could have humidity issues that could speed and decrease hatching time. SO the 28 days is ONLY a guide line, I mean you don't want to wait 33 days and think OH he's coming, chances are by day 33 things aren't going to end good.
So we use that number simply as a guide line so that we know some time during that time we should see some action coming from the egg. OR if there's no action something went wrong.. Then we learn and make changes to improve our hatching rate..
I personally have a Hova Bator and I LOVE it, I have had it for years. Your best Bator in the world, and this is just my opinion is by making one. It's cheaper that way and if something goes wrong, YOU know how to fix it. This could be something you use JUST for the sole purpose of LOCK DOWN. I have THREE bators that we have put together that I use for Lockdown. This way if one of them decides to quite during lockdown, I have a replacement one. BUt for day one up until three days before lock down, I use my Hova Bator.
There are different opinions on them, but for the most part, they have pretty good reviews..