Brand New Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by champers44, Feb 15, 2016.

  1. champers44

    champers44 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I just bought the 4250 model Farm Innovator Incubator with the automatic egg turner at Tractor Supply because I am wanting to hatch eggs for an agricultural project. I have had chickens all my life, I have just never hatched my own. I ordered some hatching eggs offline and I am also going to use some from my own coop. What I wanted to know was:

    ~What temperature is ideal for incubation?
    ~What humidity(s) are ideal?
    ~How long can eggs sit before they are considered infertile?
    ~Should eggs be cleaned before incubation?
    ~Does the incubator need to be cleaned if it is brand new?
    ~Do eggs need to sit before incubation? (I have heard that ordered eggs need to 'settle' before you place them in the incubator..)

    I have tried to research all this information, but every website seems to say something different.
     
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  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Temps depend on whether it's still air or forced air. Still air is 101-102F taken near the top of the eggs. Forced air is 99.5
    There is no overall ideal humidity because there are too many factors. Egg quality, climate, hatchers habits, type of incubator. I prefer a low humidity incubation and I run at 30% the first 17 days and then at 75% for hatch because I open my bator during hatch. The trick is to find what works for you and your eggs. The best way to do that is to monitor your air cells during incubation. I use this method and highly suggest it, especially for styro bators as long as you aren't in a high altitude. http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity I would never incubate over 45% for the first 17 days, and even 45% to me is too high.

    Make sure that you have checked all thermometers for accuracy prior to hatch. A bad thermometer can cost you your whole hatch.

    Shipped eggs are trickier and there are tips and tricks to improve their rates. Not turning them for the first 3-4 days is one, incubating upright vs laying on side (which you already have the turner.) If you search shipped eggs threads you will find more insight and info, especially with wonky saddled shaped cells.

    Wish you the best of luck!
     
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  3. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: Welcome to the world of hatching eggs, where 10 people have 20 opinions on how to hatch! There are some super knowledgeable people out there, and it's best to find 1 hatching method and settle on it, then build on your successes and failures. In the end, you will develop a method that gives you the best results. The great thing about hatching eggs is that each hatch tells you something about your incubation methods, your eggs, and your incubator. For example, I used to incubate at around 50% humidity, which many people have done with great success, but I had a horrible hatch where the chicks were drowning inside their eggs. So I went with a "dry hatch," and have had better hatches since. Keep records of high and low temperatures, humidity, and other observations. These will help you get better and better hatches in the future. Also, join a hatching thread like Incubating w/ friends, "she said, he said" or find a current hatch-along and join. You will be connected with awesome people who know a ton about hatching.

    This link I found helpful in determining causes of bad hatches: http://www.mypetchicken.com/hatching-eggs/chapter-8-hatch-day.asp
     
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I vote for she said/he said [​IMG] You'll get the help you need no matter whether you are hands on or hands off. We accept everyone regardless of their philosophy.
     
  5. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And there sure is a lot of hatching philosophy out there [​IMG]
     
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    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    OMG yes!!! Nothing you do is right and everything you do is right.......lol

    The object is to find what works for you, and if you are getting the results you want you continue with what you are doing regardless of other's opinions. Never let anyone make you feel bad or guilty (unfortunetly there are those that will) because they do not agree with your methods. This is a great community to find help and socialization in, but you have those that would just as soon yell at you instead of helping because they don't believe that's the way to do it. Take opinions and listen to other's experiences and mold it to your comfort level and lifestyle. You'll do great.
     
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