I have a 9300 with added fan and automatic turner. I am starting with 11 eggs. What would you all think would be the optimal position/location for the eggs. Closer to the heater or further away. I was already thinking that I wouldn't put any against the sides. I was thinking also that it might be best to space them one position away from each other for maximum air flow. Do you agree?
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Hope you have a better hatch this time! You're right, when embryos are young they are a whole lot more sensitive to temperature spikes. Make sure you don't put the water in the water wells--if you add too much there's no easy way to take the water out! I use the bottom of a solo cup, cut to about 2-3 inches tall for pre-lockdown humidity. With the dry method you want to aim for about 30-35% humidity.
Thanks, that's what we are doing this time, in a small bowl with a sponge under the heating element. We're trying to keep it around 30, but it keeps dropping to 25, so I may have to add another small bowl. Dang dry air! The solo cup is a good idea!
Edited by raisingdaisies - 4/1/16 at 1:44pm
Edited by BertandMary - 4/1/16 at 1:55pm
I would suggest making a height extension ring as I outlined in post 22 of this thread, small investment big returns, as it does wonders for balancing out hot spots...
Both ideas work well, the 1/2" foam is about $10 for a 4 foot by 8 foot sheet at most hardware stores, a little 5 minute epoxy and the you can whip up a trim ring for cheap and still have a lot of foam left over for other projects or to hook up a friend in a similar situation...
I told my girls we will do this when we do chicken eggs in the fall. We probably won't incubate after this batch until post summer heat. Just too hot for the wee ones and our house is not big enough to have them indoors.
we are hooked, no matter the outcome of this first batch. We have room indoors and a friend with land who will let us keep excess birds on his property in exchange for laying hens that he can call his own. We are studying genetics and breeding so that we can do Jubilees and BLRW. Of course, we'll keep a flock of hens and a single rooster as allowed in city limits. Best of luck.
Nice! We are outside city limits so I only have a limit on space...eventually. You can keep a lot of birds on an acre, right? My husband will probably tell me no more before my space does!