I am so excited because my Brinsea Octagon 20 ADVANCE EX digital egg incubator package is scheduled to be delivered today. I am looking forward to setting it up and checking it out. I am following some good advice I found on here that I should run a batch of local eggs through it first before I pay for the pure breed eggs I want to add to my flock. I am thinking about putting in a dozen or so. Any comments or advice about this idea? Also I keep seeing a complaint about there not being sufficient space for hatching in this incubator, I do not have another one to hatch them out, so I take it the best way to deal with this is to not fill it to capacity with eggs. I don't think I would want to do 24 at a time anway...probably 12-18 at most.
I've not done it but read back a few posts where they took the bator into the bathroom and ran hot water in their shower and removed chicks as they hatch and it didn't bother the rest that weren't hatched.
I just prefer a little more room for my newly hatched babies. Just my own thing I guess. I hate to see anything crammed up or not able to move around freely.
Also, you are smart to try with cheaper eggs just in case you need to do a hatch or so to get the hang of things. "Nothing beats a trial but a failure"