Day 18..Can I move eggs to a brooder?

bgrantalasykes

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jun 2, 2013
39
0
22
We have two sets of eggs in our incubator and so I'm wondering if at day 18 I can put eggs into a brooder type container if I maintain a steady temperature with a heat lamp? If I keep a lid on it I can probably maintain humidity as well. If this is too risky for my chicks let me know.
There are 22 eggs set to hatch in roughly a week and the other 20 to hatch in 2 weeks.
A couple other questions, does anyone here spray into their incubator with mist that gets the eggs slightly wet? We realized after a few days that our humidity reader wasn't working and that the humidity was not likely staying at only 10%, but we were desperate to raise the humidity.
Also on day 18 do people lay their eggs on side or put into an egg carton to keep ends down? I've heard both opinions.
FYI this my first hatch, we tried last year with about 10 eggs and had 0% success and we were rather devastated. Our temperature has fluctuated a bit at the beginning but we candled them on day 12 and saw the embryos flickering in 21/22 eggs!
Thanks everyone
 

AmericanMom

Songster
6 Years
Aug 10, 2013
2,842
305
231
Oregon
We have two sets of eggs in our incubator and so I'm wondering if at day 18 I can put eggs into a brooder type container if I maintain a steady temperature with a heat lamp? If I keep a lid on it I can probably maintain humidity as well. If this is too risky for my chicks let me know.
There are 22 eggs set to hatch in roughly a week and the other 20 to hatch in 2 weeks.
A couple other questions, does anyone here spray into their incubator with mist that gets the eggs slightly wet? We realized after a few days that our humidity reader wasn't working and that the humidity was not likely staying at only 10%, but we were desperate to raise the humidity.
Also on day 18 do people lay their eggs on side or put into an egg carton to keep ends down? I've heard both opinions.
FYI this my first hatch, we tried last year with about 10 eggs and had 0% success and we were rather devastated. Our temperature has fluctuated a bit at the beginning but we candled them on day 12 and saw the embryos flickering in 21/22 eggs!
Thanks everyone
I was able to hatch four chicks out using nothing more than a heat lamp and a box with hay.. I kept the temperature between 100-101.5.. My hen got off the nest after hatching her first four eggs out, these last ones were three days behind..

I watched them closely and on day 21 I noticed two had internally pipped, I moved the whole operation to the master bath, got the room pretty steamy by running a full hot shower for a bit then maintained it by running a humidifier. Mind you, I had a temp and humidity gauge and kept the humidity between 50-60%.. When I brought the eggs in they were on day 18... They all hatched by day 22 but one died shortly after hatching..
Here was my set up...









This was before moving them to the bathroom
 

AmericanMom

Songster
6 Years
Aug 10, 2013
2,842
305
231
Oregon
Also, note I wasn't keeping track of the humidity, I didn't bother until I had an internal pip... That's when I pulled out the trusty Humidity gauge..
 

AmericanMom

Songster
6 Years
Aug 10, 2013
2,842
305
231
Oregon
Also... Do not put a lid over the eggs.. They need the oxygen..


Why do you want to take them out of the incubator??... I wouldn't do it unless as above I didn't have a choice, my incubator was full..
 

bgrantalasykes

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jun 2, 2013
39
0
22
I was thinking i should take them out of the incubator because there are 20 eggs that wont be hatching for another week after and i was a bit worried about the extra humidity during hatch time. It will also be very tight in there for the hatching and im a bit worried about damage to other eggs.
 

bgrantalasykes

In the Brooder
6 Years
Jun 2, 2013
39
0
22
What are the markings on the eggs? Is it to monitor the airsac? If so what days do you start marking? Thank you!
 
Top Bottom