First time incubating

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by fawn88, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. fawn88

    fawn88 New Egg

    Jan 21, 2013
    Hi I am new to chicken egg incubation. I have always just went and bought chickens from people that already had some hens that were laying. Never started from baby chicks or anything like that though, So I decided to give egg incubation a try. I have been playing around with my egg incubator and making sure the temp and humidity was right, I finally this morning after collecting eggs over the past few days put a dozen eggs in the incubator. Does anyone have any secrets when doing this. If so, I am more than open to hear them. An not sure if it matters, but mine are all brown eggs. Thank you
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just follow the directions. Do you have a turner or do you turn them manually?

    I usually candle around 10-14 days to avoid any bad ones which can explode.

    Make sure your humidity is correct at day 18 and resist the urge to play with them after lockdown.

    Other than that, read the tutorials and enjoy! You only get your first incubation once ;)
  3. fawn88

    fawn88 New Egg

    Jan 21, 2013
    I didnt get instructions at all other than what I found online. The incubator was used before. What do you mean you candle them 10-14 days?
  4. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh lordy!

    Hang on, there are tons of tutorials on this site. I will link you up.

    Candling is simply taking the eggs out to a dark room putting a flashlight in a box with a hole in the lid so you can see through the egg and see if they are developing correctly. - I use this method.
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  5. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    You can call me if you wish (740) 502-1017 cell.

  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
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  7. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kanas, fawn88, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard. Sounds like you've already received some great hatching advice so I'll just say welcome and happy hatching!! [​IMG]
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Shawn has provided great links! Welcome to BYC and good luck with your hatch.
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Hatching 101 is a great link
  10. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2012
    SW Ohio
    Hello and welcome from glad you joined. Best of luck with your first hatch.

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