Originally Posted by prizepete
Ok so I don't remember if I posted here about my shipped eggs... NOT HAPPY ABOUT THEM! They sent one extra, which is Great... But all of them Where COVERED in poop. I don't clean my nesting box as much as I should, but this is BAD. I might try sand paper to get most of it off. The shipping job was terrible. It was a single layer of like this foam-y sheet stuff lining the box. nothing else. the eggs themselves where wrapped in one paper towel then put in a egg carton. the egg carton was loose in the box, with just the layer of foamI just Really hope the seller isn't on BYC. Sorry I just needed to rant
Makes you question if they even knew what they were talking about when they told you the breed right?!? Sorry about that, it really makes one upset!
Originally Posted by daxigait
The more I read about doing this, the more I wonder if I can or want to do it all. How often do you check temperature and humidity? If I am using the old Bator is there any point in trying to get so detailed? How basic can I be without overly risking the eggs? I work 12+ hours a day, and my house is usually around 60 not 70 degrees. Is it wrong for me to even try unless I get a no touch one?
Your bator should regulate the temp, it will just have to turn on more if your house is cool. Try to locate it in a warm section away from drafts.
Originally Posted by daxigait @Wickedchicken6
. I have a really old brower so I will have to turn them, but how much does all that opening to turn the eggs(do you turn part or all the way over?) change the temperature too much?
As long as you test your incubator before putting your eggs in to make sure it's holding temperature well, and have a calibrated thermometer, you only have to mess with them to turn them. Since you are busy, turn them in the morning before work, and then at night after. Marking one side of the egg 'X' and the other 'O' will help you keep track of which ones you've turned.
A hen leaves the nest for ~30min each day so removing the lid to turn the eggs will be fine, even if it causes a temperature drop.
You will need to candle your eggs on day 7, 14 & 18 to make sure the air cells are growing at the proper rate and adjust the amount of humidity in your bator as necessary. Day 18 you increase the humidity a lot and don't open it again till day 22 and all your chick are hatched! Other than that you can pretty much leave it alone.
Turn twice a day. Candle day 7, 14, 18. to mark aircells. Increase humidity day 18 to 70%. Day 22 take chicks out. TADA!