Thanks sharing and especially for all the help and encouragement from everyone.
Edited by chant - 2/26/16 at 9:10am
I don't have a Brinsea. I have a LG, 2 farm innovators and a 1202 CGF. Yea, I know, I am trying to find a 12 step program for incubation addiction, but have not found one yet....
I have fans and auto-turners for all mine. And I use A Glass Basal thermometer in each one along with 2-3 electric ones with probes. I would like to get more thermometers but my wife has banned me from buying any more.
I never move the eggs around, except when in the 1202 and that is just for ease of adding and removing new ones.
I hate to hijack the thread, (well, not really for this)..
These are my chicks that hatched last night. I still have 20 eggs in the hatcher. I do not subscribe to the "lockdown" you read about on here. Hens do not sit on the nest for three days straight. I had 27 eggs in the hatcher, if I do not remove them to another incubator they get over crowded in the little incubator.
I try to keep the humidity in my hatcher at around 40%. Do not worry if it goes higher. When the eggs start Pipping, the humidity will rise. I try to not let it fall below 30-35 in last three days. I use sponges on the bottom of the incubator and add water either through the air holes in the incubator cover or when I open it I put it on the sponges. I use a turkey injector syringe about half full when I add water so I do not get too much. I take the needle off and attached a plastic hose so I can add water right to the sponge without getting the eggs wet.
Now here are the pictures:
First 2 are my Speckled Sussex.. Third one is my White sport, a double recessive white gene Cream Legbar. I think he is a rooster!
When I think about where the humidity needs to be, I look at this diagram and see how close I am to the marks:
If the air cells are, on average, small, I would keep the humidity low. If they are getting too big, I would raise it up a bit. I usually go up to about 65-70% on lockdown, because I have been known to take out old eggshells to get them out of the way. Last batch I locked down on day 19, since I felt the air cells needed to grow a little more.
As you do more successful hatches, you'll find out what works for you and what doesn't.
Hoping for the best on those 5!