Me too...... Screwed up dont even begin to describe it!! While you may hear about somebody's uncle's cousin's sister that was able to get 10% of the eggs to hatch with no idea what they were doing, I don't think it happens much. More often you hear the tales about how awful the first try was.
I have to remember that learning is a great thing! It was only a year ago I was scared of the incubator and now I have 3 running.
If I knew everything or if it all was easy WHAT WOULD THE POINT BE ???
If I reframe learning as experimenting then it's not so discouraging.
SallySunshine did not come up with all these great tips by doing it right the first time (Hope I'm guessing right there), but by keeping at it until it worked.
I have done about everything wrong with incubation there is to do wrong. I'm still over run with chicks.
The eggs I had at 61 degrees for 8 hours last week are still developing. On this one, I will learn if I caused foot problems and I have made changes in how I have the electric cord attached to the incubator.
It is about time for me to be perfect now though.
SFH, Isabelle leghorns and lovely Silverudd Blue (formerly called Blue Isbar)
-Silver Ameraucana, Queen Silvia and East Frisian Gull. Eggs fall 2016.
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