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Brinsea Mini Advance - New to incubating !!

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Hi :-)

 

I have just set 6 x Silkie bantam eggs in my new incubator at temp 37.5 but I am unsure how often it should be set to turn, 15, 30 or 60 minutes?

 

Also, it does not seem to have a facility to check the humidity, will I be needing a separate tool to put inside or can I just measure the weight loss? Any recommendations please?

 

Any advice would be much appreciated...

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When I've used the Mini Advance Incubator, I set the turning time to every 45 minutes. One hour would be fine, too, but in my experience, the more often eggs are turned, the healthier and more vigorous the chicks will be.

 

There is no way to measure the humidity without putting in a separate tool. I've read to just fill up only one of the sides of the water container for the first eighteen days of incubation. After that, fill up the second side of the water container as well.

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post #3 of 9
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Thank you very much for the tips Wyandottes7 !!

 

I currently have it set to 15 minutes but maybe that's too often!? I'll change it to 45 minutes.

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Oh, I have another question, what should the turning angle be set at, I currently have it set at 10...

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Oh, I have another question, what should the turning angle be set at, I currently have it set at 10...

 

It depends on the size of the eggs. Did your incubator come with a turning angle sheet? Mine had one that shows different circumferences of eggs, and tells what the turning angle should be.

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post #6 of 9
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Thanks for your response. Maybe I have not understood the instructions, the pictures show sizes 4.5,6,8 &10.... my eggs I would say are in between picture number 8 and 10 so assuming 9. But, the incubator setting are from angle 1 right through to 20?

 

Plus, why is my egg nearing the largest picture 10 when the incubator caters for duck eggs? They are not very big, they are silkie eggs yet nearing the largest on the pictures? Confused.com

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Thanks for your response. Maybe I have not understood the instructions, the pictures show sizes 4.5,6,8 &10.... my eggs I would say are in between picture number 8 and 10 so assuming 9. But, the incubator setting are from angle 1 right through to 20?

 

Plus, why is my egg nearing the largest picture 10 when the incubator caters for duck eggs? They are not very big, they are silkie eggs yet nearing the largest on the pictures? Confused.com

 

I'm not sure what the incubator setting goes to. I haven't experimented with it much (I've only used the incubator once). When I used it, I incubated bantam eggs, and used a turning angle of 6. Sorry I can't help more!

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post #8 of 9
I have a question on development point of chick in egg,
Today is the 8th day of egg being in incubator and since I had brinsea mini Eco incubator , the temperature had been fluctuating . Today I have candled the eggs and some of the eggs are partially dark and the rest of the egg is see through although the chick are moving inside but very slow motion . The other eggs have veins all over and the embryo moving in fast pace . Does it mean that some of them are developing faster than the other or the slow moving eggs are about to die.
I thought that on day 8 I should still see some veins but as I have said some of the eggs partially dark but embryo moving slow but the other part of the egg is empty , does it also mean that the chicks are attached to the shall ?
post #9 of 9
In a still air bator, when a few chicks hatch and laid on the thermometer cord you set in there I think they made the temp drop. Which kicked on the heat. Which dried out my last 4 eggs before they finished hatching.
Lesson learned... 5 new chicks tho.
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