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FIRST Incubation/hatch, attempt #2

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by HHandbasket, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. HHandbasket

    HHandbasket The Chickeneer

    Ok, so we got the mini 3-egg incubator/hatcher thingie & we had set 3 Trader Joe eggs just to see what would happen. Well, the room we had the bator in experienced a temperature spike from our funky central heating, and the inside temp of the bator got too high on the third day so we chucked the eggs and decided to start over.

    We picked up a room thermometer and checked various places within the house over the last two days that have the least amount of temperature fluctuations, and we moved the little incubator to a spot with a much more stable ambient temperature. We been eating the fertile TJ eggs (still not as good as the eggs from our girls), but we wanted to try again. There is a natural foods co-op near our house, and we went over there and picked up a dozen fertile large brown eggs. We set them today & they should be hatching on/around January 30th, if any of them hatch.

    So far, the temp in the bator is staying stable. This is DH's gig & he's keeping close track of it, has all his info and data compiled and a notebook, writes down the temps and notes and everything he can think of every time he turns the eggs---has his cell phone alarm set every few hours to make sure the eggs get turned so many tiems a day, etc.

    Our three Mystery Eggs from the co-op are now all set and ready to go and we'll see what, if anything, comes of them. I can already see DH is going to need a big incubator when we find our spot in the country!

  2. Hi! That's great he's writing everything down! Wish I could be so organized.
    If you set today, hatch day should be 1/31 (set Monday, hatch Monday).
    Good luck with the hatch!

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