Eggs are going in the incubator tomorrow!!! Eeeeek!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by abidaby, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. abidaby

    abidaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. My incubator arrived today (brinsea octagon 20 advance with cradle) so I'm just letting the temp level out then I will be putting my eggs in tomorrow!! Any last min bits of advice? I have Indian runner and Cayuga eggs to go in there.
     
  2. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can only give you some tips!

    1. Have a spray bottle that sprays VERY fine droplets, and fill it with hot water. If your humidity gets too low from opening your incubator, spritz inside to quickly get it back up! I found this a life saver during the actual hatch.

    2. If you suspect an egg is bad (dead/infertile) put it as far away in the incubator as possible from the other eggs (if you have space of course) and put a cupcake wrapper underneath it! That way if it leaks it doesn't get stuck to the turner or mesh. So if it does leak, gently take the wrapper by the sides and escort it outside! No explosions!
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    3. Once they've started hatching, use a paper towel roll as a barrier between the new hatchlings and the other eggs. That way they won't be rolling the other eggs and causing havoc!
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    4. Forget buying a candler! Use your IPhone flashlight. Just try it!
     
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  3. abidaby

    abidaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!!! How cute <3. For the humidity did you go by the hygrometer or did you go by air cell size when candling?
     
  4. AtlantisPeeps

    AtlantisPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went by air cell size. I did not use a hygrometer but still had a 90% hatch rate! I just kept the trays in the bottom filled, and when day 18 came I added a wet sponge. Then on day 21 when they started popping I used the spray bottle to make sure they didn't dry out when hatching!

    Many people do recommend a hygrometer though, so it's up to you!
     

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