Finding info on incubating and hatching

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bayyjayy, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    So, when you first decided to start incubating, where did you get your info to get you started? Internal pip, air sac, spritzing, humidity....what did you read to know all the jargan and what to do. I have read many posts on here about hatching, and I am going to try my hand in the spring, I HOPE, so is there a post in here that anyone knows about or a book that takes you step by step by step by step?

    Like I said, I have read tons of different posts on this, but it is just all over the place...and if I were to start today incubating eggs, I would be sooooo overwhelmed and not quite sure where to start.

    What did you do when you started for the first time?

    Edited to add: I posted a topic about cleaning your duck coop and I have copied and pasted it all into a Word document, plus I have been searching the past posts for the same thing and have been adding to my document. I like to have a hard copy to look at and study. When I think about doing it for this topic, there really isn't anything I have read that starts at the beginning and ends at the end. I am thinking this will probably be a long answer for someone to type unless there is a good book out there that takes me step by step.
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Incubating is a practice and one that takes time to get good at for your location. There are basics depending on what you want to hatch, like length of time, when to lock down. However the humidity levels vary depending on where you live. Those is the desert do things differently than I do here in FL.

    Hatching chickens is different from ducks which is different again from peafowl and then there are quail and , you get the idea. Some breeds come with their own challenges as well.

    Best advice is to figure out what you want to incubate, and study up on that hatch requirements. Get an incubator early (6 weeks to a couple of months) so you can set it up and test run it. This way you have time to settle it in, and calibrated long before you have eggs in hand ready to set.

    If you have questions BYC is great for answers and guidance.


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