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First time incubating*The eggs are in the Oven!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by skyangel, Nov 25, 2012.

  1. skyangel

    skyangel Out Of The Brooder

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    No their really not in the oven. But I made an incubator from a CAKE CARRIER! I received my eggs at 930am Nov 24 2012. I have just set them 1200am Nov 25th. My incubator has been on and tested for over 24 hrs before egg arrival. It's maintained a temp @99.7F /62% humidity. (after adjustments). So here we go! ( I did not enter the contest, this is just a learning experience)
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    I will monitor the temp/humidity in 4 hour increments for the first 24 hrs to make sure all is well. And at 8am/4pm/midnight hours I will turn the eggs. I did not mark them because I didn't want the marker ink to go through the shell into the egg...its a personal choice. These eggs are: 2 barred rock, and 4 black Australorps. I hope they are hens! hahaha. My pipping date should be: December 16th.
     
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  2. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    LOL, that's a really cool incubator, I hope it works out....
     
  3. skyangel

    skyangel Out Of The Brooder

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    Me too! I researched so much stuff that people were using and I thought ....well I just may get lucky on this. Hope not to have wasted my money and lose the eggs. Im confident, at least I try to be.
     
  4. TurtlePowerTrav

    TurtlePowerTrav T.K.'s Farm

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    You can use pencil to mark them. It wont rub off like under a broody. And very interesting design.
     
  5. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I wouldn't bother checking in four hours after setting. It will likely take longer for the environment in there to stabilize.
     
  6. skyangel

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    Thank you! I'm so worried the humidity is to high. I have to figure out this candeling thing too check them in a week.
     
  7. skyangel

    skyangel Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Kstaven, I'm sure your right, and good advice.
     
  8. kstaven

    kstaven Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    People new to hatching often try to adjust incubators too soon. So the thermal mass introduced hasn't stabilized. Thus the temp drops. Then they crank it up. Then as the mass stabilizes the temp climbs too high. So they crank it down. Now it gets too cool and the mass(eggs) need time to warm. It becomes a viscious circle that can drive a person nuts.

    The same can be said for humidity. It will swing with the introduction of eggs.
     
  9. skyangel

    skyangel Out Of The Brooder

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    whats the chances of them being all roosters?
     
  10. skyangel

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    Ok, great advice Kstaven, I'll be a good girl and watch from a distance lol. Your being very helpful, and I thank you.
     

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