Eggs coming tomorrow

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 72Lark, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. 72Lark

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    This will be my first time incubating eggs. I've been reading everything that I can find on the subject. My setup has been running for the last 4 days. My question is should I shut down the bator when I put the eggs in and let everything warm up together? The eggs are shipping from NY to OH. I'm planning on candling to check the air cells and letting them set for a day before they go in. I don't think I'm missing anything...my setup is the LG 9300 still air model.
     
  2. jhall6293

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    Most of what I've read says to have your incubator ready to go. Just set the eggs "fat end" up in room temperature for about 4 hours and then transfer to the incubator. I've read to set them in room temperature for up to 16 hours, but I have not done that.
    The eggs I have in the incubator now I set for about 5 hours air cell up in room temperature, then put in the incubator and they are doing great - healthy embryonic development from what I can tell, so far! YAY!
    The only other thing I would suggest is maybe using at least one more thermometer - different brand; maybe different type thermometer. I see you're using a digital, maybe try a mercury thermometer or another digital from a different manufacturer, just to have a second temp reading source in case your digital is a tad off. I found this out the hard way and relied on one digital probe thermometer. It is about 1.5*F off compared to the other two. So, that thermometer would read 99.5, but the temp is actually 98.0 - you can see how this might be a problem.
    I got a bit off topic - to directly answer, I wouldn't shut down the incubator - keep it running as close to 99.5 as you can. Also, yes, definitely candle them before putting in. Sometimes you can identify problems this way and keep an extra close eye on the questionable ones.
     
  3. 72Lark

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    Thanks. There is a mercury thermometer in there not pictured.that one reads 100° on the dot. I have 3 hygrometers but 1 is way off. The digital and 1 mechanical are about the same. The other mechanical says 50ish.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

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    First off, it's a still air incubator so (regardless of manufacturer's instructions) the temp should be 101-102F measured near the top of the eggs.
    Yes, shipped eggs need to sit upright for 24 hours prior to incubating and you are right to check the air cells.
    No, don't shut it down, but when you put the eggs in give it a few hours to regulate before trying to adjust the temps back the right temp.
    Good luck on your hatch!!
     
  5. jhall6293

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    Good deal. Is this a still air incubator? Meaning it does not have any type of fan or air circulation? Like AmyLynn said, the temp needs to be over 100* for still air.
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

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    They stated it was a still air incubator in the original post.
     
  7. jhall6293

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    Yep, I see that now. My bad.
     
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  8. 72Lark

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    Eggs arrived safely around noon. We let them set fat end up for about 8 hours since all of the air cells were intact and looked good. They have now been in the 'bator for about 2 hours and I have 2 that have a small spot that looks like the egg is sweating, but the humidity is only 35%. The pics are bad, but you can kind of see it in the first pic. Should I pull them now, or wait a bit?


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  9. AmyLynn2374

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    As long as there's no cracks, let them be.
     
  10. 72Lark

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    No cracks in any of them. Whatever it is, it hardened quickly. By the time I saw it, it was hard already.
     

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