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First time incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cockledo, Oct 19, 2015.

  1. cockledo

    cockledo New Egg

    Oct 19, 2015
    Ok, this my first hatching, I am at day 30 and have hatched 2 guinea keets out of 12, I did not know about lock down or candling so have removed keets as soon as they were dry as per incubator insstruction.

    Should I have waited till the whole hatch was over before removing keets,?

    and how and when should I candle?

    I have another 12 eggs waiting to go into the incubator - how are these best stored before incubation?

    THanks for any advice in advance
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire UK
    My Coop
    I've not incubated Guinea before but here is a good article all about in this link ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/incubating-and-hatching-guinea-fowl
    The article has a section on storing your eggs prior to incubation. I find egg cartons best with the eggs sat fat end up.

    Incubating most fowl is pretty much the same as for lockdown etc. Opening after lockdown really has to be personal choice. For me it's a no no but there are many who do successfully. Opening causes a drop in humidity that could shrink wrap chicks/keets in their shell. I say could as this may or may not happen, there is no way to tell for sure. I personally like to wait for hatch to be complete or the incubator to be full of chicks before opening and removing any.

    Here is an article on homemade candler ~https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...-egg-candler-using-common-household-materials

    Getting as much light into the egg as you can helps you to see how development is progressing if at all.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your next incubation.

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