incubating-hatching-eggs

  1. lwluv2run

    Member introduction

    Hi all. I'm a chicken/duck/goose newbie. I started my new hobby about 2 years ago with some chickens that my mom gave me (a mama hen with her 3 babies). After the I initial 4 birds I decided that I wanted to hatch my own eggs... I also homeschool my 3 children so egg hatching is par for the...
  2. dawn secord

    Water dropped on an egg in my incubator - will it hatch?

    Hi, an egg rolled under the hole where I add water in my incubator. I didn't see it and water dropped on it - about 20 drops. The other eggs have hatched and that one is not pipping. It was thriving before lock down. Any thoughts?
  3. Farmer Connie

    You win some. You lose some.

    We choose to incubate over broody hen obviously. We have more confidence using a controlled method although we can't always comfortably fit every quality inspected egg candidate into the bator. So the balance of eggs give some of our broody girls purpose. Just got done with another hatch. We are...
  4. StrivingForBetter

    DIY Incubator

    I just started my first batch of incubating on the 7th (a dozen lavender Orpington eggs and a dozen blue laced red wyandotte eggs) in some homemade forced air styrofoam incubators. So far the temps are stabilizing really well (one at around 100 and the other at 99.5) But my humidity is low (I...
  5. Farmer Connie

    HOW DO "YOU" STORE YOUR FERTILE EGGS?

    I am always looking for improvements as far as increased hatch rates. No matter if it will be performed by my trusty broody hens or my climate controlled incubators. No matter the method I choose, I feel that if my eggs are stored correctly while I am waiting for enough inventory to place into...
  6. Amberly98

    Hen got trapped away from nest (possibly all night) at 18 days...eggs went cold...are they dead?

    So, we are new this whole thing, but I had a australorp go broody on me so we decided to give her a couple fertile bantom eggs to hatch. All has gone very well to this point. We have her separated and she is a devoted mom. She only leaves the nest once a day to peck around the yard, get a drink...
  7. HoldrenFarmgirl

    Should I bring in the unscheduled duck eggs?

    My cyuga duck (I know I misspelled ) hatched 8 babies but now is no longer sitting on her eggs. They are cold. I brought them in and candled. I only kept the viable eggs. Some are chirping but very cold. If I put them in the incubator will they be okay? This is the first time my duck has...
  8. sseabass

    seabass

    Greeting to all the Fowl Farmers out there. My name is Carol and I live in Montana. I am new at hatching out eggs in my incubator. I joined BYC a year ago but I haven't visited this increadible site very often. I raise sheep and have a few chickens, 1 Peacock, 2 geese, 2 turkeys, 1 guinea, 3...
  9. CourtCalee

    Is it too late for this duckling?

    Help! My incubator humidity dropped and this guy internally popped two days ago. He is still giving me small movements. I broke open the shell to give assistance and have been wetting the membrane for the past 8 hours with no further luck. What should I do now? Is it too soon still and he wasn't...
  10. thelmers

    Can I sneak newly hatched chicks in with a broody hen?

    I have an incubator with 18 eggs and they are starting to hatch today. We decided to incubate the eggs ourselves so that our hens would continue to lay eggs. As it happens, one of our hens (who ironically is the mother of the eggs we are incubating), went broody two days ago. Instead of...
  11. mammaofmiracles

    Found duck eggs!!

    I found 6 duck eggs and made a home made incubator and now all my thoughts are consumed by these eggs I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't own chickens, or ducks, or have a farm. I have 10 kids and two dogs lol Please please help! Found a dead duck that just laid the eggs and I made this...
  12. The Evolution of the BinBator

    The Evolution of the BinBator

    After becoming dissatisfied with my Little Giant's propensity to temperature swings, I went on the market for a new incubator. I wanted something of a medium size that was cheap and reliable. Unfortunately, I discovered that finding all three of those qualities in the average commercial...
  13. Sally Sunshine

    Complete Guide to Incubation, Poultry Raising, Care and much more!

    Incubating w/Friends Notes & Links Because sometimes notes work Better than Brains! Here is the thread link, come join us...
  14. G

    Griffin Nest - Homepage

    Griffin Nest - Homepage ~ My Articles ~ •My Birds• | •Builds• | •Hatches• How to: Build a Homemade Incubator | How to: Build a Chick Brooder | How to: Build a Bird Cage How to: Use the ChickBator | How to: Build an Automatic Egg Turner | How to: Candle Eggs ~ Other...
  15. ChooksChick

    Hints for Incubation -> BEFORE You Set <-

    Here are a few hints that I've given in previous group hatches, some for those new to incubating, others just asides: I do increase humidity at the end of my hatch, as per my Incubation Cheat Sheet, the same for Marans as for other eggs. My feeling is that if you have evaporated the...
  16. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick's Incubation Cheat Sheet

    ChooksChick's Henthusiasts' Still-Air Styrofoam Incubation Cheat-Sheet ***The first, most important rule is: get the temp right with an empty incubator, and make sure it's stable for 48 hours- without the plugs, without you touching it- BEFORE you add eggs.*** This is the hardest part, and...
  17. ChooksChick

    Hatching Dark Eggs

    Hatching dark eggs can be very iffy, and a lot of people experience difficulty with them, particularly when the eggs were shipped. I sand my eggs when they are shipped, especially when they are VERY dark. I only sand until I'm just through the color, and then I mist the eggs with a...
  18. CoopVillano

    The Villano Flock

    We are new to chicken keeping. This past May, we adopted two young pullets from a neighbor... we built a small coop, fenced off a 25x50 foot section of our yard for "ranging"... and the rest is history. I am a professional photographer, and CANNOT help but create lots of images of our...
  19. Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching

    Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching

    ps.... dont hesitate to pop on the threa ALSO there is a 9 1 1 - HELP! stuff went wrong links from the thread HERE.. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/incubating-w-friends-helpful-notes-links-informational-post-links Step by Step Guide to ASSISTED Hatching by, Sally Sunshine Poultry...
  20. Incubation Cheat Sheet

    Incubation Cheat Sheet

    ChooksChick's Henthusiasts' Still-Air Styrofoam Incubation Cheat-Sheet ***The first, most important rule is: get the temp right with an empty incubator, and make sure it's stable for 48 hours- without the plugs, without you touching it- BEFORE you add eggs.*** This is the hardest part, and if...
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