Originally Posted by tracyjg
It's has taken me a lot of time on trail and errors. To get my chicken flock. Weather changes temps humidity. If you can get your hands on eggs local to you it's better then shipped eggs long as it in the first week of layed and has been on ice 60 room temp on ice turned three times a day. It depends how duck / chicken/ turkey ect or raised how clean the coop is and nutrition of bird. How much light. Health issues. How incubator is. It's a lot of work but to watch your baby be born when it comes you can't put a price on it. I have incubated chicken eggs for little over a year every three weeks. Even thou we have a backward gene that cause problems and death in roosters. I wouldn't trade it for the world . We will keep trying. My first few times I buried at least 200. Eggs. I have buried many more . But never lose hope.
Sorry about your losses :'(
I have the best results from local eggs and usually even better if the birds are mixed breeds.. hardest eggs I've ever hatched were shipped Polish. .don't know what it is about them, but they are hard.. well those and peafowl. .my peas were a total failure but it was only 2 eggs, both shipped.
I keep my incus running from about January til Sept/Oct.. I hatch for replacements, hatch for fun, hatch to add new breeds and hatch for others that don't have broody hens or incus..
Just set a dozen eggs yesterday from a local lady that has a very nice mixed layer flock ..eggs were refrigerated , but not washed so hoping a few start for me.. have had pretty decent luck with refrigerated before, hoping the same luck holds.
I'm hands on 200%, I break all the "rules"..dry incubation, almost even dry hatch this hatch due to all the rain we've had.. usually run about 80-95% hatch rate on non shipped eggs and I'm happy with 30% on shipped, but usually do about 50%. They're always a toss up. I do let my shipped sit in a turner (not plugged in) for the first 48-72 hours of incubation depending on air cells and then I just tip them for the next 5 days or so..after that, I plug the turner on until I move them to the hatcher.. I do hatch everything on its side..tried once hatching sitting upright in cut down cartons and wasn't impressed so went back to laying on their sides..