Exited but clueless first time hatcher! any hatching buddies out there

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rebecca and Paul, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Rebecca and Paul

    Rebecca and Paul Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 16, 2011
    Dallas, Texas
    i am a first timer have all the equipment (store bought not brave enough to atempt to build on my first time) hova bator with turner , fan kit, temp/humidity reader, a candeler and a spread sheet for egg info
    getting our eggs right from a farm tomorrow ducks and chickens
    set up my incubator tonight to get a nice temp any advice? anyone want to hatch along with me?
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2011
  2. snazzyboots

    snazzyboots Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    i am setting eggs tomorrow. it's my first time too. hopefully we will get good hatches.
  3. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    Good luck to both of you. I am not currently hatching any right now. Did 2 hatches this winter. And [​IMG] from Ga.
  4. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's always good to know that I am NOT the only "excited but clueless" one out there!
    I'm on day 4 of my first incubator hatch also.
    "Break an egg" with your first attempt! (of course this means good luck!)
  5. kelly52862

    kelly52862 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2011
    I am a first timer too. We are on day 11! I candled the other night and think 36 of the 42 eggs look good. I left the 6 in, but will pull them before the lock down. It is very exciting.

    What are you going to use to hold the baby chicks? I was thinking of a plastic tub.
  6. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    You do know that duck eggs take a week longer than chicken eggs to incubate right?
  7. youngbiddy

    youngbiddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2009
    North Carolina
    I'm on day 16 of my first hatch, two days to lockdown! [​IMG]

    I started with 39 eggs, 34 of which were shipped, and 6 of those 34 were infertile. So now I've got my five and 28 shipped eggs all less than a week away from peeping and pooping all over the brooder. I'm waiting till day 18 to candle them all one more time and see which are fully developed, but last I checked they were all chugging along right on schedule. Everything looks perfect, but I can't shake the feeling that something will go terribly wrong and they'll all die while I watch in helpless horror. I had another nightmare about it last night and in this one only one egg hatched successfully ......and it was a tiny, baby crocodile that bit me.

    It's the third nightmare I've had about this; gee, ya think I'm stressed about my first hatch? [​IMG]
  8. Coldweatherbirds

    Coldweatherbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    Central Maine
    Quote:LoL, stress nightmares! I'm thinking about buying a duckling to slip in with my chicks when they hatch to blow my husband's mind (the eggs are from our own chickens and rooster). "Hey! look honey, one of them hatched a duckling!" But a baby crocodile.... now that would REALLY blow his mind. [​IMG]
  9. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    Quote:Nah he probably wouldn't fall for that but throw in an emu chick and tell him it is from your chickens. He might fall for that! [​IMG]
  10. StormyMoon

    StormyMoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2010
    Alvarado, TX
    [​IMG] Good luck [​IMG]

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