Originally Posted by Blarneyeggs This is where I get lost with these cabinet bators. So, are you incubating AND hatching at the same time? I saw this once on u-tube where they just moved all the trays down each week and hatched in the bottom tray. I was confused as to how lock down worked with humidity levels and what-not...
Also, Sumatras? WOW!! Very cool!
Blarney the awesome thing about cabinet bators is it takes 10 minutes, if that to get the humidity back where it was before you open the door, and the temp is usually back up in 2 minutes. I candle when I put the next tray in to hatch, and I clean the bator with the Manna Pro Egg Cleanser. It is non-toxic. You can hatch more then one tray at a time of course, but you have to buy the extra trays, and prongs to keep the lid on them. You don't want the chicks falling inside the bator!!!! Plus you have to turn the automatic turner off. So if you have two trays to hatch, you have to hand turn the other eggs. I use the dry hatch method. I don't let it get below 27%. Then a pump will kick on, and put water in the tray inside the bator. Its all digital, it will beep if its not happy!!! I don't move my trays down each week. Tray 1, stays in the first spot and so on. I keep track of them better that way. When I do "lock down" its no different, except I take them out of the automatic turning trays. I let my eggs get a saddle shaped air sac. I don't let it get to big though, if the "stirrup" comes down half way past the egg, I get worried. They get marked. When I buy eggs, I will help them out, if they get stuck. Otherwise if they are my eggs, I want to let them hatch naturally. If they don't I feel like there health might be an issue. I want to promote "vigor".
Yes the Sumatra are great birdies for DD. They have awesome personalities. I am not going to have any roosters of that breed. They also lay a tinted egg, light pink/peach color. Just another pretty color to add to the egg basket!