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really great actually!  i doubled the trays holding the eggs for more stability and the rocks work great for dispersing the moister....kind of like a chicken sauna ;)

i have 24 eggs so i am just switching the two trays positions when i turn the eggs...less contact, less heat and moister loss.  i just have to be careful not to dump he trays.


the air cells on all my eggs were rather small, or unpresent so i have the humidity low 30% range...i will candle at day 7 and reassess

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Friends and NOTES!

Because sometimes notes

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DRAW DOWN / internal pip of chick see: post #975


NEW TO INCUBATION SEE: reply to post #113 and Hatching Eggs 101

Humidity is NOT a set number! Its a tool to get the correct weight loss in the egg! see Hatching Eggs 101

TEMPS TEMPS TEMPS see post #1201

Incubators with fans and without fans need to run at DIFFERENT TEMPS! read temp section here: Hatching Eggs 101





WHY YOU SHOULD CALIBRATE and link to HOW: post #545 also  see calibration in Hatching Eggs 101 TEMPS SECTION

WHY lay your eggs down horizontal to hatch and how to mark eggs for hatching: BOTTOM OF post #583

Ovation Overview SEE : You can leave Ovation points by clicking on the “thumbs up” icon, which appears at the bottom of  each member’s post.

ozexpat switching out thermostats in styros  post #1788post #1505 Getting the Flock out of Here

VIP BYC member interviews

INFO on What colors to Distract Chicks from Pecking and help laying in nest boxes SEE post #932

The influence of high altitude on the hatching of chicken eggs. post #995

Acorns as Chicken Feed, Revisited

HOW to keep typing after you @ someone!  see: post #1088

ROOSTING issues talk of nest boxes need to be lower! see starting  post #939

Quail incubating see this thread

Incuview incubator unit from a thread on use incuveiw post #1120

The Genius of Birds - Embryonic development



Color coded Date:

11/10, 11/11


Me: CCL Serama: never set them together, I did because serama hen found with eggs, due around 20th give or take :hide in a regular coolerbator just for fun with kiddos, Sally had a #917



cgbond Splash Blue laced red Wyandotte own eggs ~ first time I have tried to incubate in a long time. styro incubator Little Giant incubator from Tractor Supply with automatic turner. (waiting on some eggs from a friend. She's sending me some Cream Legbar and some Black copper Marans) Current chickens include;  Splash blue laced red Wyandotte, Barred Rock, white rock, golden buff, RIR.


kwhites634 friend, helper and humor on the thread! kwhites is in dire need of a construction class overwinter, so he can get his prefab china made coop out of his bedroom come spring. Still not sure why he had to make the run as predator-proof as he could with welded wire skirting & hardware cloth, motion-detector lights, & keep a rifle handy, along with a Hav-A-Hart trap if its in his bedroom though :hu  Kwhites has bind pigs, not sure why but to each is own post #1042


Saris  DUE Nov 12th mixes, some will lay brown, some will lay olive LOCKDOWN 11/8  SHE HAS pips and chicks hatching !! 11/9 11/10 CHCIKS are popping all over the place start post #1023  Update: 19 chicks in the brooder, 3 pips in the bator, 4 unknowns,happy dance emoticon



slrose24  cream legbar eggs shipped, made her own homemade turners

Cynthia12  :oldSilkie/frizzles due on the 20th..and, a mystery egg. 20th..right on my birthday. :yesss:larger brown egg surprise for her birthday perhaps???? Cynth popped in and gave a bunch of great advice around post #1055 doing better today, wasnt so good yesterday, gotta see whatup!post #1169 Posted a cool video!


RavynFallen  :oldCall duck eggs happened to fall in and FILL up her bator, so they'll be due on Thanksgiving Day. 11 developing, drakes forgot to pack their little blue pills, lol), 8/12 of the shipped eggs are developing nicely, and all 3 of Lady Grey's eggs are developing. shweeetttt


chicken hawk 33   26 chicken eggs in it both production reds and white leg due 21st, had another temp spike 11/10 105,has an egg with 2 air cells but cant get us pics, we wont believe him if he dont show us pictures :lauhe knows the rules! His three silkies are doing great, and its confirmed, the string was strung, his trio is well "stitched" together. asked about clipping feathers on his guins,post #967  Mymillie suggested just clipping one side flight feathers on guinies,  Chicken Hawk wants to dress up his bator, I dont know if he is getting ready for Thanskgiving dinner or what, but that is nice of him!post #1038


firedragon1982  12 sent to me, took 2 sappy ones was cracked - Day 7 was on 11/3 ????????????  hubs is in charge of bator yet???   Well... got 12 more eggs today.   Also ordered a second incubator for a hatcher since we will be having a staggered hatch. But on a side note I am glad we got another dozen, candled real quick when I added some water last night (day 10) and 3 of the 6 that had started quit :hit Still frustrated that half of the first dozen were clear at the 7 day candle. I know these eggs had a rough ride because of the detached air cells. But still. I wanted a good hatch :(  So batch #1 will be due 11/17 :fl  Batch #2 will be due 11/28.  And I may or may not have a 3rd dozen coming to me too...  11/10 Out of batch #2 to be starting turned tomorrow, none have any veining whatsoever. :he  At least with the first dozen, we could see the 6 that did have veining. Hopes are dwindling for this dozen quickly. Hoping this next dozen from a different seller to be set in a few minutes won't be complete duds!!


hippiestink  I'm not hatching anytime soon but I'm mostly here for tips on using incubators and broodies. She herbbbbbed up her nestboxes, I added the link to the top of this page for list of herbs. hippie has some roost work to do, but she is too busy sniffing her nest boxes to get to them. :(Poor Daisy the Sex Link is blind in one eye see talk of chicken eyes here post #991  Hippie is building a new coop that wont be a POS.


Lamancha wants a job taking daily notes on the thread, its much better than a day job! happy times emoticonI chucked out my infertile duck eggs and put in 42 new chicken eggs today. 2 leghorns, 1 mix, and 39 BBS Orps.




lisahefner  coon slaughter all her chickens wanted to hatch  bought Brinsea Manual Egg Incubator, has several stage eggs and some from fridge in it.


Ren2014  ordered Chocolate Orpington's from Papa's Poultry.    Pekin hens and KC drake set 5 eggs eve 11/8  Ren has everyone runningto get string and a needle, running from egg to egg, hen to hen roo to roo, and dont you know if you put it over your wrist it will swing and tell you how many children and in swings it tells you how many boys girls children too>? it told me of my divorce I should have listened..... you were all warned!! I thought this was an old dutch secret??? but as I keep reading it is not :barnie




FridayYet  :oldwon't be hatching until next year, but helping hatchers and chatting


hereorthere  Won't try my hand at hatching until next year, but I'll take notes!


GreenRunner  I've got 12 silkie eggs set - day 8 on 11/2,   candled today (Day 14  (11/8) and my three little silkies are still going strong. Was a bit disappointing as nine of 12 eggs were clear,


WVduckchick  :oldI don't plan to hatch until spring, but you never know! We now have another piece of the puzzle of WV polka dot rubber boots :/


tao chick I'll be building this incubator and running a test hatch when my cockerels are old enough to start laying seeds- probably February at the earliest. My guess she will need a mood improviser sooner than later :lau


lazy gardener  :oldNo hatching here for me until March or April, had added some great suggestions to help in a multi post #961, she likes to "cook an egg to perfection, resulting in perfectly done chicks" :lauthis is exactly what we do!


PhoredaBurds  :oldSubscribing tho not incubating right now. It's getting tough to resist tho  MUST SET EGGS MUST SET EGGS MUST SET EGGS


Mims  Brinsea Octagon 20 Advance I have never incubated eggs before, but I have been researching like crazy for the last several months. Texas, and I currently have 17 chickens. RIR, RIW, Leghorn, Orps, Silkie, Australorp, BCM roo, etc. My first and main flock was killed about a month ago, so I am working on rebuilding it.  I'm going to set quail eggs  Mims wants to know if hedgehogs will mess with chickens see starting post post #1014 :hu



Bejammie  24 eggs and counting, starting the incubation 11/3 I am excited and scared, lol. I have white leghorn eggs, bcm eggs and some mixed breed eggs. 28 eggs in the aiming for 20 hatched  NOTE(had a temp spike overnight, DAY 2 up to 105 but I got it cooled back down)


RobJones 11/6   Kabir eggs on day 20 12 eggs in there that are not due to hatch for 24 hours but 4 are piped and I can hear them peeping this is great, I love it..


nuklee0  Woke up to a broken door on one of our smaller coops that housed 4 silkies. Turns out a bear got 3 of the 4. info on staggered hatches? I started my 2nd hatch about 6 days ago.   due on the 17th and 19th/20th because I staggered.8 silkies and 2 cross breeds... Dad is an Ameraucana/Cochin and 1 mom is a Black australorp and the other mom is probably a production Rhode Island Red..


UrbanFarmOC  Subscribing to learn more! Am still fairly new to chickens


RubyNala97  Just marking a spot here. I've been reading through the thread and I WAS doing so good without hatching and having NO withdrawals...but now I have the itch!!! I wish I could hatch for someone else! She is going to become the worlds professional hatcher for hire, I DUB her "RubyNALA's Eggs to Chirps" at your Service!


venymae  6 legbars, 10 blue egger mixes, and 10 serama shipped tried to candle some, but was NOT feeling confident so I have decided to leave them, settled, first time doing shipped eggs. Veny has a 4 year old, not sure 4 year old what, but its making her uglybator's humidity is high, she is taking care of that and her temps are spot on as suggested! :highfive:Peachy keen everythngis peachy keen!


perchie.girl  1588 and have only hatched ONCE.  Bout four years ago gotlucky with guins  I think she did it right and thinks she did it wrong by chance!! perchie gave some good advice on nest boxes n wing clipping and new coop design starting about post 1000 or so!  clicking your heels emoticon


Phage  :old


Blarneyeggs  I'm in! Always fun hanging with you, Sally!

ccrane11  few eggs from my own flock.  I have Rhode Island Red, Rhode Island White, Golden Sex Link, and New Hampshire Red girls.  They are bred by a Rhode Island Red or a Silver Lackenvelder rooster.


BG2heum  New to BYC and incubation had questions

mymilliefleur  Hey all, joining in here. I'm not currently incubating anything, but I always enjoy learning more about incubation.  Now we know why mymillie likes to learn so much about incubatuion! when she said she has always run her still air between 98-100F, I see a big change coming in her HATCH RATES!!!  There was talk that perhaps some practice should begin NOW!!! :plbb:plbb:plbbmymillie has pigs and does feed acorns to them, and turkeys? what else!


ambe0487  New to incubating and i am on day 18 we are in lockdown!!! I have 5 eggs of 2 silkies, 1 silkie/cochin mix, 1 maran cross, and a light brown surprise egg. I'm using a FarmInnovator incubator with current readings at 64% humidity and 100degrees. I have a spinge with water and a wet rag in the bator to keep humidity up. 11/3  ps... she talks to her eggs like some other hatchers do... I have caught my temps dropping in the evening over the last 4 nights. I'm sure it's happened during day 1-17 as well.  11/7 One internal pip & two un-pipped.  THEY DIS died in shell, didnt make it.   Im planning on getting another set of eggs on the 11/ 22nd so I have plenty of time to regulated the incubator to where it needs to be!  Eggs i ordered are: 18 RIR and RIW mix, then 12 Ameraucanas. should arrive by turkey day!! Sally gave ambe the shipped egg talk for the benefit of all see post #1050


lazyacre  Cynthia12 invited me over to this tread. I'm pretty new to chickens. This will be only my second time incubating won 12 Bielefelder eggs on eBay today. lazy acre thought the Bielefelder eggs would have shipped yesterday but they haven't shipped yet. They are coming to Utah from Colorado. It will be 12 eggs,  I have a havobator 1588.  Do the hatching do better if there are more eggs in the incubator.  Just wondering if I should try to get extra local eggs to hatch with them?  post #973  lazy acre is also high elevation! see above in the very top posts!


Peep-Chicken all 7 eggs from MyPetChicken are viable and will hatch Tuesday (11/10)  4 Carolina blue sex link EEs, 1 barred Olive Egger, 1 Ameri-Flower and 1 super blue egg layer. Peeps hen blew a pupil a few months ago :sick:(


holm25  I'll join!! I wont be hatching till spring since it gets to cold here in minnesota but will chat and help when I can


chickendreams24  I'm just dieing to set eggs guys.I will be back at it in the spring


ozexpat  :old


Rod-T   famous for  "Now now. Can't we all just hatch along" :hugs   My chicks are due on 18th.. Hatching Delawares and barred rocks.. having a hard time not counting them before the hatch. I've been talking to them.. I call them all girls. hope it doesn't give the roosters a complex.. :lauso far the incubator running good.. noticed 2 spikes of 102. Sally said not a big deal if your calibrated!




JandTRanch 2 bators running for hatches due 11/20 and 11/22 with a total of 14 eggs set. I got a great deal on a Brinsea mini for $25 bucks and it is at full capacity with 8 shipped black copper Marans eggs and the hygrometer. I am hoping for some quality breeding stock out of this hatch to add to my existing blue copper breeding prospects. We really also wanted to hatch some from our existing mixed flock too- so I was able to talk my husband into letting me get a Hovabator on sale :-) and each family member chose a hen we wanted a baby from. So we have 6 in there. They are all covered by our silver laced Wyandotte rooster. So there's a slw egg, 2 barred rocks eggs (Chicks should be black sex-links), 2 Easter eggers eggers, and a black sex link's egg.




Chipper Chicken  I'm new to incubating too, but probably won't do any until next year, I'm trying to read and learn all I can in advance.


Flockmama87 I'm on day 7! (11/7) First time with shipped Marans eggs  off eBay and at day 7 candling 11/12 are alive and growing strong, 1 died early, no veins, clearish with an incomplete blood ring, I left it in just in case, my last 2 hatches I had moments of oops I thought you were dead....sorry you are now.... I'm trying to avoid that this time. So I'm leaving everyone in until lockdown unless someone starts oozing or weeping.....I need the next 14 days to go by quickly, I wanna see little fuzzy butts!


Bernadine503 thermometer questions


Hawk12  Hatch day is the 20th .I am incubating shipped eggs that are on day 8. (11/7) I just candled them and marked the air cells and I have some that are saddle shaped but attached and some that are normal shaped but not completely attached. Is there still hope for the babies? They are alive at this point I am incubating blue and gold partridge brahmas, chocolate and molted/spangled orpingtons, dbl laced barnevelder (only 1 left out of 6) and 1 maline.  I received eggs from 3 different sellers.  I have incubated before but only about 4 times.  I have ordered eggs on 3 of those and have yet to have a successful hatch on shipped eggs.  I am determined to hatch shipped eggs but I have to admit it gets discouraging.  I had a great hatch when I incubated my own eggs, nearly 100%. My incubator is a still air Styrofoam with an automatic egg turner.  I have read through the Hatching 101 article, it is full of great information. The babies on my previous attempts with shipped eggs all made it to lockdown but then never hatched. Hawk wants to assist notetaking and quit dayjob! :yesss:



Bubbles12345  I'm interested in building an incubator, see post post #657 of 734 and  CABINET COOLER INCUBATOR ~ CoolerBATOR Very helpful on HOW to keep typing after you @ someone!  see: post #1088


sonshine15  Late to the party, but better late then never :lau 2 day old chick with a broken wing on 11/10 please post in emergency section Asap! Soneshine had fixed the wing the best she could, need to get an update! she is also high elevation! update before I finish this update yee gads!!! keep wrapping that tiny chick wing and no matter how perfect I get it, by morning it's off. I even stuck a bandaid under the coband to help keep it in place............uhg. it's not drooping as bad and of course shes' a healthy as a horse.


napdognewfie :oldI set 11 eggs from DD's hens 11/9    had  100% hatch on my runner ducks smile.png and 5 out of 24 shipped eggs. sad.png 


cliffoco  11/10 day 20 I have 7 eggs that are from some fairly new hens, i am 12 hours into day 20, wit no internal pip yet! (soon, I know I am impatient!). Anyhow, I was looking for anyone who had experience hatching small eggs?  cliff already has internals and just like that externals! had some questions about new layers hard shells, etc,  So I woke up this morning at 4am and no hatch, went back to bed and checked at 7 and I have 2 little chicks


Kraftcrazychick set 11/7 on day 3 of my first batch of hatching eggs. Things are mostly going well but I am a bit unhappy with the fluctuation of the temperature. It doesn't get too high or too cold but it varies between about 3-4 degrees right now. It's a modified lower water heater thermostat which has large holes drilled through- which was supposed to make it more #974


TheChickenQueen I'm not currently hatching anything, but this looks like an amazing thread to hang around on and learn something new but has some great advice see post #988


Brat Flock  ended October with a 0 of 12 hatch on a $200 dozen Black Copper Marans eggs.dripping saliva smileyI have 30 BCM eggs in the mail and a replacement dozen coming to make up for the 0 of 12. I also have 9 BCM going into lockdown on the 12th of this month so I have an OBVIOUS ADDICTION and plenty to learn. So glad to join inbig grin emoticon! he is adding LED lighting on a 12 hour timer for the 1st 18 days, I like him already!



Ur-ur-ur-urrr  My new Incuveiw All-in-One is supposed to be arrive today... yay!!! If it survives shipping, I'll set it up and let it run a few days to make sure I can get it stabilized. I recently met a fellow tfree laughing emoticonhat lives about 9 miles away with a lovely flock of PBR. He sells his eggs for $2 per dozen... and they're fertilized. My goal is to practice on a couple of batches before ordering shipped eggs in the spring. Hopefully, I won't have too much trouble figuring out how to maintain ideal conditions for hatching. I'm looking forward to setting my first eggs for the very first time, and I'm also a little nervous at the same #1036 found link on the incuveiw post #1120


gimmie birdies I have a broody hen and some more eggs in incubator for her...under her she has 3 white leghorn/EE eggs, and 1 mystery brown egg (the dad is EE the mom may be black star) in my incubator I have frizzle cochins, welsummer/cochins, and RIR.  Hen's eggs are due on Fri. 13th. The fun part will be the 2 black out schedualed one for tomorrow 5:30am to 2:30 pm, and one on the 12th 10:30 pm to 4:30 am.


CrazyChickLady7  buff orphs Setting mine hopefully next week.


KDOGG331 I'd love to incubate and hatch eggs eventually but we just got our first chicks two weeks ago so it'll probably be quite a while! Haha not enough experience. Although maybe I could get one of the birds to go broody.

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Originally Posted by ccrane11 View Post

Started up my incubator with a few eggs from my own flock.  I have Rhode Island Red, Rhode Island White, Golden Sex Link, and New Hampshire Red girls.  They are bred by a Rhode Island Red or a Silver Lackenvelder rooster.  Will be interesting to see how the chicks turn out.


hows your incubation going?

Originally Posted by BG2heum View Post

New Q; put eggs in a box with heat/light 30-40% hmid.temp range 80-100°.(a week ) THEN got LG incubator. It stabilized at 99.5°, but humid was 80%. Not very long. How much Flux can they take at this age? Can i drown at 3 days gest? At what day to they HAVE to be stable? Why can't you open a crack at lock down? Or remove chicks to warming box? If my hen has been on and off the 4 -3 day old others
(she has one bb chick)should I try to incubate those? She'd rather play with bb than set

what did you come up with @BG2heum




Originally Posted by lazyacre View Post

Cynthia12 invited me over to this tread. I'm pretty new to chickens. This will be only my second time incubating. I was going to wait until spring when hopefully my quail or Cream Legbars are laying but I won 12 Bielefelder eggs on eBay today. So I'm going to try this hatching thing again. I do have a small brooder coop and run. And also a Barn so hopefully I can keep the chicks that hatch warm through the cold months. I've chosen Cream Legars and Bielefelders to breed. I like the idea of auto sexing at birth. But I'm still pretty new so I may change my mind later.

how are your eggs going @lazyacre




Originally Posted by venymae View Post

My neighbors broody quit so she stuck two eggs in my Bator. They are around day 14 right now. How ccan I tell if they are still alive? They were cool to touch when she brought them over.

what happened with these? were they DIS then? did I miss this post?


Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine View Post




any and all tips for hatching quail please!!:old


 anyone? @CaseyV  All I did was keep humidity up like serama 45-55% and then up 70% hatch 
I never candled them. just smellavision at day 10-14-18     How are they doing @Mims






Originally Posted by Flockmama87 View Post




how are your eggs doing?



Originally Posted by Ren2014 View Post

This is Tootie

Hatched yesterday.  One DIS today:hit and 8 remain day 22.  No peeps, no rocking or rolling, nada:hit


Are you going to set anymore? I am thinking about searching for SQ silkie eggs  @Ren2014





Originally Posted by ambe0487 View Post

@Sally Sunshine I quickly candled tonight when I got home. One internal pip & two un-pipped. love.gif. How long before I need to worry if it doesn't externally pip?

Thank you all again for your support!

UPDATE!!!!!!!!!  whats going on????? @ambe0487


Originally Posted by sonshine15 View Post

Thank you Sally! I found it!!


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Originally Posted by slrose24 View Post

really great actually!  i doubled the trays holding the eggs for more stability and the rocks work great for dispersing the moister....kind of like a chicken sauna ;)

i have 24 eggs so i am just switching the two trays positions when i turn the eggs...less contact, less heat and moister loss.  i just have to be careful not to dump he trays.


the air cells on all my eggs were rather small, or unpresent so i have the humidity low 30% range...i will candle at day 7 and reassess

ok, good that you know to watch them air cells! dont forget to kit! glad they are working! :thumbsup

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@Sally Sunshine Sorry, I was taking a break. My babies didn't make it out of the shell and were dead by yesterday morning. The one that internally pipped never externally pipped . I opened them up to see what happened, one was in position to pip internally. The third one never turned to pip. hit.gif.

Thanks for everyones guidance. I'Ve learned a lot and will try this again.
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