1 incubator - 2 eggs sets

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NSChickenMamma, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. NSChickenMamma

    NSChickenMamma Out Of The Brooder

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    How can I do this ????
    I have 2 sets of eggs 7 days apart.
    The first set goes on lockdown Wednesday, but still have to turn the other eggs.
    Didn't think this one through very good !!
     
  2. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ouch. A 7 day stagger seems like a big gamble...good luck!!
     
  3. NSChickenMamma

    NSChickenMamma Out Of The Brooder

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    we borrowed the incubator from the local agriculture college and they need it back at the end of the month and my daughter wanted to set a few more Cochin eggs, so having never done this before, didnt think it was a big deal until I started reading and about lockdown.

    I am thinking I may have to make something QUICK for the 'younger' eggs and leave the ones going in lockdown in the good incubator with the hunidity. What would that do to the other eggs though?
     
  4. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The quickest and easiest solution is to pick up an LG still air from Tractor Supply for $40 and use it as a hatcher. That way you don't have to subject the younger eggs to high humidity. I would leave the younger eggs in the bator you've already got going, the older eggs will be less vulnerable to temp fluctuations and you can just set up the second bator with higher humidity for lockdown.
     
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  5. NSChickenMamma

    NSChickenMamma Out Of The Brooder

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    Cheapest incubator around here is about $150 which is why we borrowed one to see what was going to happen before we invested in one.
    My daughter is only 12 and this is her 4H project.
    Really don't want to put out $150 tomorrow, but don't want to kill any more chicks this week
     
  6. Overoberyl

    Overoberyl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you tried Craigslist?
     
  7. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TSC ships! Their LG (what I am using and love personally) is on sale for 34.99
     
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  8. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a friend that never hatches in her incubator, she keeps a plastic bin with towels in it, a heat lamp, a thermometer/hygrometer combo, and bowls of water covered with screen. The hatching chicks need good humidity, but the temperature doesn't have to be spot on perfect. She does competitive dog obstacle courses, and just brings her hatching eggs along with her to entertain herself and the people around her while she is waiting on her run. She raises the humidity by spritzing water into the tub from a little spray bottle if it gets low.

    I thought she was nuts but she always has fantastic hatches.
     
  9. thasista

    thasista Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an incubator and 3 hatchers. 2 of the hatchers are the still air incubators that I got at my local farm store for $35 This set up works great. The other hatcher I use as a transitional incubator. The chicks once hatched go in that one to fluff up before they go to the brooder. I add eggs to my incubator on a daily basis and its the only way this would work!

    good Luck
     

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