Just an update on my first hatch...I maintained the hatcher at 99.5 F. humidity at 70% with the fan on low speed and air vent open. I started with 12 eggs, I candled them at 14 days and I found 3 duds, so on day 18 I put the remaining 9 eggs into the hatcher. On day 21 one egg pipped but no hatch...day 22..2 hatched and 5 more pipped when I awoke on day 23 all were hatched except 1, which hadn't pipped or hatched so out it went. So I hatched 8 of 9 for a 88% hatch...not bad I thought. The thing that helped maintain very close temp setting were the thermostats that I purchased off EBay
I purchased these for about $4.00 each, they have a remote sensor accurate to 0.1 degree which is a calibrated, you can also set the differential temp. to as little as 0.1 degree and it will power up to 15 amps, i use 60 watt light bulbs for heat 1/2amp, but the only read in Celsius not Fahrenheit, (no big deal really)
I'm very happy with the entire experience with one exception and that was with the racks I used, the chicks had a very hard time climbing over it after hatching, the racks worked great in the incubator however. Question: Has anyone taken eggs out of vertical racks like this one then on lock down laid them down horizontally in the hatcher?
Well there you have it! If anyone is hesitant in trying to hatch there own eggs its not very difficult, try it, I think you will enjoy the experience I built my incubator and hatcher for about $125.00 using of the shelf parts.
Thanks for your time