Getting ready to put eggs in incubator on sat. need help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by terrilhb, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    Ok I am getting ready to put eggs in a still air incubator on sat. This is my 1st time ever hatching eggs. I am a nervous wreck. Right now I have 6 eggs sitting on the counter. I plan on getting more eggs between the rest of today and tomorrow. How long can the eggs sit out waiting? also there is a screen that sits on the bottom is this the right place to put the eggs. I know this probably sounds dumb but like I said I am nervous. I have also read about reading the humidity? How do I do this? Any advice anyone can give me will be so greatly appreciated. Thank you all
  2. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    We are with you, just purchased a temp/humidity gauge from off ebay....... Still trying to get the humidity up!
  3. caveman

    caveman Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 26, 2010
    Is the incubator store bought? Does it come with a hygrometer?

    Chicken eggs can sit for up to about 10-12 days if they are kept between 45 and 65 degrees. It is recommended that you set them within 5-7 days because the hatch rates begin to drop off after 7 days.

    The screen on the bottom is the right place to put the eggs. Dont forget to mark them with an X on one side, because it makes it easier to know how to turn them several times a day.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  4. chickee

    chickee Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would go to your local pet store and buy an Exo Terra reptile hygrometer and thermometer. They are small, round and easy to read. Find something to set them on so they are the same height as the top of your eggs. A thin sponge works well. I have had good luck with mine.
    This is what they look like.

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