First time hatcher questions. Help appreciated :)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ragerkid2, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    Do I NEED to candle?
    If so, when do I do so?
    What do I look for?(bad egg,good egg, ect..)
    How do I lower/raise temps in an incubator?
    What do YOU prefer as humity levels, science I know people do it differently, I would like to see what people think.
    Sorry for such newbie questions and THANK YOU so so so much for replies!!
  2. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    There should be a post on here about hatching and candling. It is on the main page and has about 80 pages! The first page has a great chart of what you are supposed to see. I dont know anything about the incubator as I have a silkie who is sitting on some eggs.
  3. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    Yes, you need to candle. I use our LED flashlight. YOu need to track the proper development of the air cell.ANd you can see really neat things inside the egg like the blood vessels and the thy chick as it grows to fill the egg. I candled a lot the first time hatching, very fun to check a few eggs each night. You will definitely need to 7 , 14 and 18th day to compare to a chart for proper aire cell development. Diagrams of air cells, duck and chicken:

    Plenty of pics to help you understand what you are looking at. HOnestly, many didnn't make any sense to me at all. LOL See the sticky at the top of this section in BYC,More candling photos.

    Lower/higher temp--depends on the model you have. Check the instruction booklet; most are on line as well if you have model info.

    I dry hatch and follow Chookchicks cheat sheet. I do add some water if RH drops very low. Usually it bounces around following the room RH.

    I had the same questions when learning how to hatch. Hope these resources are helpful to you.
  4. ragerkid2

    ragerkid2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2011
    Johnstown Pa
    Thanks so much!!

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