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tips on hatching Sebastopol eggs in an incubator

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I just bought some Sebastopol hatching eggs to put in my incubator.  I NEED help with these!  hide Have hatched chicken eggs just fine in my incubator, but I have never tried goose eggs.  I was wondering if anyone had some helpful tips or tricks to help me out and insure a better chance of them hatching.  I have not received the eggs yet, but will have them buy the end of the week.  Any help is GREATLY appreciated! bowbowbow

My incubator does not turn off and if you think it can, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!! 

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My incubator does not turn off and if you think it can, I DON'T WANT TO HEAR IT!! 

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Waterfowl eggs have a failure rate of 30 - 50%
so don't be disappointed if you don't have a high hate rate.
They are definitely harder to hatch out than chicken eggs but you basically do the same thing.
I seem to have better luck with keeping the humidity at around 25 - 35%
throughout incubation then I raise it to 80% the last 3 days which makes hatching easier.
I use new sponges soaked in warm water to get the humidity up to 80%
Re-soak sponges as needed but avoid opening bator as much as possible.
Geese don't just pop out of the shells like chickens either.
Be patient...external pipping can take sometimes 48 hours.
Good luck! You will love your Sebbies! love

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I always turn on my incubator about 3 days before I set any, so that I can get everything adjusted well . I live in Kansas and run my humidity at 70% the whole time and increase at the end. My chest freezer incubator is forced air, it runs on a 12 x12 fan and at 99.5 degree. Temp is different for forced air and still air.  When you get your eggs make sure you bring them to room temp. before you put them in the incubator and do not turn them for the first 24 hours.  And stop turning 3 days prior to hatch. In The Book of Geese it has a diagram to watch how big the air cell is at certain times during incubation and that will also help you decide how much humidity you are getting . If the air cell is to small you need more humidity and if it is to big you need less. There is a good diagram in Dave Holderreads Book . Hope that helps and if you need more info there are lots of us to help. Don't get discouraged. Have fun. smile

                                                                                                         

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Most on here suggest using sponges in their incubators.  Why don't you use bowls sitting in front of the fan?
Pam

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I sure do Horsefeather. I use a 9x13 oblong  glass pan and the largest sponges teepeed together and one does sit in front of a fan .  If I notice a gosling taking xtra time to get out I will use small sponges and that helps to.  My husband made my incubator for me out of a chest freezer and it is fabulous .

                                                                                                         

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