Cross your fingers for me. 1st hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by midnitesun, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    I set up my Christmas present. And took 6 eggs fromthe girls this morning, and hubby's dinner [​IMG] . So wish me luck that they hatch, and I did everything right.
    It looks like hatch date is Jan. 18th. [​IMG]
    So now what... Do I need to candle them at all?
    Right now the incubator is located in my master bathroom, away from kiddos and cats. I chek temps every 2 hours. Temp is holding at 100, humidty is at 35%.
    Is that good?
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Sounds good to me. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  3. gvntofly05

    gvntofly05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to be right there with you soon! I'll be setting my first eggs tomorrow or Thursday! Good luck to both of us!
     
  4. Kerjack

    Kerjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like you are doing the same as me! I set up my incubator that I got for Christmas too, so this is my first hatch. I set in 8 eggs and they are due on the 18th as well. Good luck!
     
  5. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:[​IMG] Goodluck to you too...
     
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    What kind of bator do you have? I try to get humidity closer to 50% during the first 18 days and then to 65% for the last 3 days. If you want to ensure your eggs are growing, candling is recommended. At the very least make sure to give a good sniff now and then in case any eggs go bad on you. You dont' want an explosion in a new bator. Candling helps to weed out any that may be producing bacteria as well. Good luck for a great hatch!
     
  7. midnitesun

    midnitesun Out Of The Brooder

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    Hubby got me the Little Giant 9200 still air, with the fan and turner added. He wants me to try this one before he goes out and gets me a big one, or makes me one.
     
  8. newduckie

    newduckie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put 42 in on the 23rd. my hatch date is the 13th. I have set two other batches but never had a hatch yet.. Keeping my fingers crossed for this one..
     
  9. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I know humidity is a controversial subject. Many say it depends on what altitude you live in. I dunno ... What works for me is 30 - 35% during incubation, and 60 - 65% days for lockdown. The, "dry method," recommends allowing the humidity to drop to 25% before adding any more water (during the incubation time, not the lockdown time), I believe.
     
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You temp sounds good for your bator. Kathy is right about humidity differences. It does vary based on where you live I believe. I tried dry once and it does not work here. I guess the only way to know is to try it and see what happens. Many swear by it, but my best hatches are doing what works for me here.
     

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