First Time Incubating Eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by vickik, Feb 25, 2015.

  1. vickik

    vickik Hatching

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    I've raised chickens from day-old chicks before, and decided to try my hand with incubating fertilized eggs from my sister's hens. I used a brand new Little Giant and opted to turn eggs by hand for the full experience. I learned there are cool spots in the incubator. Eggs around the perimeter got chilly especially. When lockdown time arrived, it seemed most of my 36 eggs were developing well. I had a hard time achieving humidity above 50% tho. On the 2nd day of hatch, I was inspired to put my Zaq essential oils diffuser in the incubator with just water & it popped my humidity up to 88% quickly. I just have to keep refilling the water chamber every 5-6 hours. [​IMG]
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Neat idea on getting your humidty up there. Is your incubator a still air incubator? They do sometimes have hot and cold spots because there is no fan to distribute the air. Swapping your eggs around in the incubator when you turn may help so each egg has a chance of being in the middle.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your future incubations. Enjoy BYC and all the chicken chat :frow
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2015
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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    Yorkshire Coop has given you excellent advice, so I will just say Welcome to Backyard chickens, and wish you a good hatch.
     
  4. familyfarm1

    familyfarm1 Crowing

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    Hello [​IMG] and Welcome To BYC! [​IMG]
     
  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined our community.

    Yorkshire Coop has given you some good advice. Good luck with the hatch!
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck with the hatch!
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
     
  8. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our "flock!"
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I know nothing about incubation so I'll just say good luck![​IMG]
     

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