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1st incubation attempt - set 12/29/11

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by savannahchickmom, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. savannahchickmom

    savannahchickmom Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    Savannah, Missouri

    My daughter got a Little Giant for Christmas, and a few friends and our hens provided eggs. My daughters and I set them last night. Now to see if anything happens:)

    Don't know who is more excited - the girls or me!
  2. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 3, 2011
    Georgetown, KY
    Good luck but dont be turned off if it doesnt go well. You think its exciting now wait until day 18 when they go into lockdown and you cant touch them. [​IMG] happy hatching
  3. savannahchickmom

    savannahchickmom Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    Savannah, Missouri
    Thank you! I love this forum!!

    Have a wonderful New Year!
  4. curious1969

    curious1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2011
    Northwest Montana
    I hope you have a great experience and hatch [​IMG] I set paint silkies on the 29th as well, heres hoping for good hatching vibes [​IMG]
  5. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    The Little Giant can be very very tricky and has left many folks frustrated and heartbroken. Apparently is does best in a draft free room where it is messed with. I highly recommend you don't use the thermometer that came with it. There are many good threads here describing how folks get the best results with the LG.
  6. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    I use an LG, too. I keep a notebook and record temps, turning schedule (if no turner), note room temp because LG will follow up or down. And the date of set.

    You will want to check the temps at 4 locations around the incubator; one area can be cooler than another. If one area is particualrly hot, avoid it; keep the keep in other areas.

    Read Chookschicks page on incubating with an LG; loads of info on the LG .

    Hope all goes well! My first hatch went well I thought--50% of my own eggs hatched; I learned a lot how to manage the LG and got better results in later hatches.

    THe next 21 days will be like no other in your life. [​IMG]
  7. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
  8. savannahchickmom

    savannahchickmom Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 10, 2010
    Savannah, Missouri
    Thank you for all of the replies! Girls and I candled yesterday - 27 of 27 are developing!!! Used several of the tricks you all pointed out in the LG Tips link, and so far so good! Only 5 days into it, could still have quitters, but happy we are off to such a great start!!!
  9. smchickfarm

    smchickfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2010
    Congrats to you all:clap you will have a blast!!!!! Keep us posted especially when they start hatching ! [​IMG]
  10. I dont have one but have read A LOT of threads on them. One thing I read that sounded prudent was to put it in a closet or other completely enclosed space so drafts and temp changes would not have such a big effect. Good luck, it is very exciting the first time you see one pip.

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