First time incubator questions.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DesertBrahma, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    I wouldn't mess with them now, either. Really hoping they will hatch for you and the boys! [​IMG]

    I just like to follow this chart to see if the eggs are losing the right amount or if I need to adjust the humidity:

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    So all my eggs have circles on them. [​IMG]
     
  2. DesertBrahma

    DesertBrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If i remember correct my eggs air cell looks kinda like the bottom ring on there. I told my husband we'd leave them in until day 27 but i don't want stinky eggs in the house. My boys started rolling when i said that lol. If this doesn't work I'm going to try to get some Turken chicks for them to go with my 11 brahmas. My rooster will be in hog heaven having a few more girls lol
     
  3. DesertBrahma

    DesertBrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still haven't messed with the eggs but today is day 22. I'm starting to really worry i did something wrong. I told my boys if these eggs don't hatch we're going to have to shut down the incubator and clean it before we can try again. They're a little upset but i explained that we would try again. So they're taking it better than I thought they would.
     
  4. kissofcrimson

    kissofcrimson Out Of The Brooder

    I hope your little eggs hatch! I know for me as a first time hatching mommy it was an exciting, excruciating long wait to see if it work or not.

    I'm on the fence about my second egg also but I see movement in the egg so I know it's still alive. When you candle can you see any movement or feel any tiny kicks? Sometimes it takes several minutes before you see any sign of life. Also I did a lot of reading last night just to get a better handle on hatching eggs and the guide said if they don't hatch at 21 days, to keep them until 25 days, just in case. I was ready to give up on my little egg until I read that.

    Also I know people say to not handle your eggs at all after day 18 but I handled mine a few times just to check for signs of life. I always washed my hands and only candled them for 1-3 minutes. I was extremely paranoid lol
     
  5. DesertBrahma

    DesertBrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled them last night and didn't see any movement. Sometime between day 18 and 22 they died. So I pulled them, sanitized the incubator, and am now getting it set to do another batch. The hardest part was telling the boys the chicks weren't going to hatch. So now they're excited about starting a new batch. I'm looking at getting an egg turner and putting it in to make it easier, and hopefully make the temps more stable without me constantly opening it. The temp i now have between 102 and 104, and my humidity is high while I'm getting it stable. I'll wait until the humidity is staying around 50% before I put this next batch in.
     
  6. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    One thing that will help a styrofoam incubator is to use "heat sinks" to help stop temperature fluctuations. Some people fill their water channels with sterilized stones or use sterilized flat river rocks underneath the wire. The rocks store heat and help even out the temperature swings.

    Some people use closed jars of water, too.
     
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  7. chant

    chant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What a great idea!
     
  8. DesertBrahma

    DesertBrahma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good idea. The outside temps are starting to stabilize, and warm up. I'm looking at getting a different incubator. It's more expensive, but it has everything built in to it. I can always put the temp and hygrometer i have now into the new one as a secondary make sure kind of thing. It has an egg turner on it, and it's made of hard plastic instead of Styrofoam.
     
  9. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler extrodinaire Premium Member

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    What a great idea~!

    I am going to do this now~!!
     
  10. chant

    chant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    which one are you looking at? I've been contemplating the 7 egg brinsea. However, I did get the fan kit for the little giant I have, going to set 1 more batch to see if that helps or not. If I can get better results with the fan, great. If not I am seriously considering spending the ridiculous price they want in order to have a better success rate.
     

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