First time incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SoCalChick, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep reading contradicting advice....

    Do I preheat my incubator ready for my eggs? Or do I put the eggs in then turn the incubator on and let eggs & incubator temp rise together?

    Thanking in advance for any advice...[​IMG]
     
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

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    YOu let youre incubator run for at least 24 hours to make shure it will stay steady, Also remmber once you have it running steady and put the eggs in , THE TEMP WILL DROP . THere is no need to correct the temp dont touch anything its just the cooler eggs catching up to temp and will go back to normal in anywhere between 2-12 or so hours .
    GOod luck
     
  3. SoCalChick

    SoCalChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU! [​IMG]
     
  4. chiknhut

    chiknhut Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would definitely turn my bator on and get my temp and humidity at the level I want it before I ever put my eggs in. I usually run mine for 2-3 days before I ever put eggs in to make sure my temp and humidity will be stable. I have only finished 3 hatches. 1st hatch was 20 out of 27, 2nd was 7 out of 9, 3rd was 9 out of 10. Those were chicken eggs. I am on my 4th hatch but it is ducks so we will see what happens.
     

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