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post #1 of 20
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Hi I am new to chicken egg incubation. I have always just went and bought chickens from people that already had some hens that were laying. Never started from baby chicks or anything like that though, So I decided to give egg incubation a try. I have been playing around with my egg incubator and making sure the temp and humidity was right, I finally this morning after collecting eggs over the past few days put a dozen eggs in the incubator. Does anyone have any secrets when doing this. If so, I am more than open to hear them. An not sure if it matters, but mine are all brown eggs. Thank you

post #2 of 20

Just follow the directions. Do you have a turner or do you turn them manually?

 

I usually candle around 10-14 days to avoid any bad ones which can explode.

 

Make sure your humidity is correct at day 18 and resist the urge to play with them after lockdown.

 

Other than that, read the tutorials and enjoy! You only get your first incubation once ;)

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Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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post #3 of 20
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I didnt get instructions at all other than what I found online. The incubator was used before. What do you mean you candle them 10-14 days?
 

post #4 of 20

Oh lordy!

 

Hang on, there are tons of tutorials on this site. I will link you up.

 

Candling is simply taking the eggs out to a dark room putting a flashlight in a box with a hole in the lid so you can see through the egg and see if they are developing correctly.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-just-21-days-from-egg-to-chicken

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-make-a-homemade-egg-candler-using-common-household-materials

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/pictures-and-videos-of-candling-chicken-eggs

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-incubate-hatch-eggs-using-the-dry-incubation-method - I use this method.

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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post #5 of 20

You can call me if you wish (740) 502-1017 cell.

 

Shawn

Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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Give a man a fish and feed him for a day, teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.

 

Chicken- God's perpetual food source.

 

Producer of Heritage Tamwork Pork, the Bacon Pig, and Freedom Ranger Poultry

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post #6 of 20

Hello and welcome to BYC frow.gif This article will tell you everything you need to know about incubating, candling etc:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

 

Good luck and enjoy!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #7 of 20

Greetings from Kanas, fawn88, and welcome-byc.gif!  Great to have you aboard.  Sounds like you've already received some great hatching advice so I'll just say welcome and happy hatching!!  jumpy.gif
 

I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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I never considered a difference in opinion, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.  - Thomas Jefferson
Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.  - Ben Franklin
If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.  - Teddy Roosevelt
 

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post #8 of 20

Shawn has provided great links!  Welcome to BYC and good luck with your hatch.

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post #9 of 20

Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan big_smile.png

 

Hatching 101 is a great link

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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, two cats,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 



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post #10 of 20

Hello and welcome from Ohio....so glad you joined. Best of luck with your first hatch.

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