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Hello All, I'm new to the club,,,,well, new to my first chicken club!🐥
I'm a first timer trying a styrofoam incubator.
. I purchased some beautiful blue EE eggs to use in the one my father used. I know he used it about 3-4-5 times and he had no problems. I however, had boyfriends and dates on my mind an chose to care less and not pay a lick of attention about how the use this thing...EXCEPT how this thing with a little effort to be converted to a beer chest for the pool!

Now, I did read the incubator 101 post and did get some good points but I just want to ask more. Please forgive me if I ask something that is already posted somewhere...😇

I put eggs in around 9pm on Monday. Only time I opened it was to quickly drain water in bottom....

1. What and why do you mark the RINGS around the eggs and should I

2. I DID add water to the bottom and drained it out this evening. Humidity is now 47 it had been 70-64 prior to water removed. Oh, I have the only plug out.

3. On day 18 I take out my turner and place eggs on rack, right? And don't open!

I'm sure I have more but this is a start.
I am soooooo Adamant about this hatch going as perfect as I can get because my father just passed away and as I said it was his. I kinda feel a little closer to him when I mess with it..👼🏼 I
appreciate anyone's help and thanks for taking time out from your additions to help another!,,,

Tresea in Oklahoma
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Hello All, I'm new to the club,,,,well, new to my first chicken club!🐥
I'm a first timer trying a styrofoam incubator.
. I purchased some beautiful blue EE eggs to use in the one my father used. I know he used it about 3-4-5 times and he had no problems. I however, had boyfriends and dates on my mind an chose to care less and not pay a lick of attention about how the use this thing...EXCEPT how this thing with a little effort to be converted to a beer chest for the pool!

Now, I did read the incubator 101 post and did get some good points but I just want to ask more. Please forgive me if I ask something that is already posted somewhere...😇

I put eggs in around 9pm on Monday. Only time I opened it was to quickly drain water in bottom....

1. What and why do you mark the RINGS around the eggs and should I
The average chicken egg has thousands of pores running through the shell allowing the embryo to exchange oxygen, carbon dioxide. and water. Soon after an egg is laid, a small air bubble or “air cell” forms in the large end of the egg from this water loss.  Humidity levels in the incubator determine moisture evaporation during the 21 days of incubation and hatching. The air cell is crucial for the chick to break out of the egg shell at the end of the incubation period. The chick can drown if the air cell is too small or the chick may be retarded in growth if the air cell is too large. This is why maintaining the proper humidity is crucial. Slightly lower humidity levels are more likely to be less disastrous than slightly higher humidity levels. There are quite a few opinions on Humidity, but it is no set number.
However, you use it as a tool to "adjust" egg weight loss during incubation. We candle on days 7,10,14,18 To WATCH WEIGHT LOSS IN EVERY EGG!  An EGG MUST lose approximately 13-14% of its weight during the incubation process. THIS IS YOUR GOAL!! You can monitor this by marking Air cells and also by weighing. Please refer to CANDLING section of this Article for more Air Cell info.

2. I DID add water to the bottom and drained it out this evening. Humidity is now 47 it had been 70-64 prior to water removed. Oh, I have the only plug out.
You begin by ONLY adding a small amount of water and keep Humidity between 20%-30% and adjusting as you weigh or candle depending on moisture loss. IN SOME AREAS OF THE COUNTRY YOU MAY NOT NEED TO ADD ANY WATER! USE IT AS A TOOL FOR THE CORRECT WEIGHT LOSS IN THE EGG! So if your air cells look too large at each candle period you must add some humidity, too small air cell lower it, and if your weighing you adjust as needed. UNTIL DAY 18 LOCKDOWN,

then stop turning and raise humidity to 65-70%


3. On day 18 I take out my turner and place eggs on rack, right? And don't open!

 Day 18= take eggs out of turner, lay them down, increase your himidity to 65-70%, and correct- don't open.  Every time you open the lid, your humidity will drop. 

I'm sure I have more but this is a start.
I am soooooo Adamant about this hatch going as perfect as I can get because my father just passed away and as I said it was his. I kinda feel a little closer to him when I mess with it..👼🏼 I
appreciate anyone's help and thanks for taking time out from your additions to help another!,,,

Tresea in Oklahoma

I highly recommend going back to read the Hatching Eggs 101 article again and again, and again!  I've only hatched 3 times now, but I learn something new EVERY time I re-read that article.  All of the information I posted above was taken directly from @Sally Sunshine's article.

 

Good luck, and welcome to BYC!

Amy

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Hello All, I'm new to the club,,,,well, new to my first chicken club!🐥
I'm a first timer trying a styrofoam incubator.
. I purchased some beautiful blue EE eggs to use in the one my father used. I know he used it about 3-4-5 times and he had no problems. I however, had boyfriends and dates on my mind an chose to care less and not pay a lick of attention about how the use this thing...EXCEPT how this thing with a little effort to be converted to a beer chest for the pool!

Now, I did read the incubator 101 post and did get some good points but I just want to ask more. Please forgive me if I ask something that is already posted somewhere...😇

I put eggs in around 9pm on Monday. Only time I opened it was to quickly drain water in bottom....

1. What and why do you mark the RINGS around the eggs and should I

2. I DID add water to the bottom and drained it out this evening. Humidity is now 47 it had been 70-64 prior to water removed. Oh, I have the only plug out.

3. On day 18 I take out my turner and place eggs on rack, right? And don't open!

I'm sure I have more but this is a start.
I am soooooo Adamant about this hatch going as perfect as I can get because my father just passed away and as I said it was his. I kinda feel a little closer to him when I mess with it..👼🏼 I
appreciate anyone's help and thanks for taking time out from your additions to help another!,,,

Tresea in Oklahoma

Welcome!!  here is some other info!  Amy great help! Your welcome to join us as well on the thread listed at the bottom!

 

 

TURNING ITS IMPORTANT

TURN MORE THAN 3 times a day!! post #22178  

 

THERMOMETERS, HYGROMETERS & CALIBRATION 

Thermo/hygro suggestions post #13998

HEAT SINKS/ Stones/Pebbles ADD THEM TO STYRO! post #43903

Calibration is a MUST:

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

 

INCUBATION TEMPERATURE

ADD a LEGO to your dial of cheap styro bator to make minor adjustments! GENIUS post #38133

Incubators with fans and without fans need to run at DIFFERENT TEMPS! post #31175

 

HUMIDITY  Humidity is NOT a set number!

Its a tool to get the correct weight loss in the egg! post #8924 see Hatching Eggs 101

WHY do we need less humidity to get the best weight loss for colored hatching eggs during incubation?  post #36320

KEEPING MOLD and BACTERIAL from growing in water WELLS during incubation post #1644

TIPS n TRICKS to raising humidity in incubators post #42512

 

 

LOCKDOWN, DAY 18, CANDLES, PIPS, ZIPS

MARKING AIR CELLS DAY 18, DRAW DOWN, INTERNAL PIP, EXTERNAL PIP, and ZIPPING post #35770

Pips and ZIPS ARE NOT THE SAME PATIENCE is a MUST!

 

 

 

 

UPDATE:

I have pulled extremely helpful NOTES, LINKS &

Informational Post Links from the Incubation w/ Friends thread

for EVERYONE'S convenience and will continue to put them HERE:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/incubating-w-friends-helpful-notes-links-informational-post-links

 

Here is the thread Link, come join us! 

www.backyardchickens.com/t/1046313/incubating-w-friends-come-hatch-learn-chat-meet-new-friends/0_100

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SHIPPED EGGS

Shipped Eggs = Change Of Plans! post #53845

REQUEST HOW YOU WANT YOUR eggs SHIPPED PEOPLE!!!!  post #1050

HOW I PERSONALLY SHIP EGGS AND THE REASONS BEHIND IT ALL

Alettertoeggshippers.doc 30k .doc file

ShippingEggsTheSallySunshineWay.docx 175k .docx file

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