Give a newbie some advice!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jakoda, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. Jakoda

    Jakoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What can I say, chicken math has struck:) I'm on a list for some orps, (can't wait!) but would also love to trying hatching some eggs..

    So for a complete newb, educate me:) I wouldn't want a HUGE bator, maybe 6-10 egg , but I would love one that would basically "do it all"..

    How difficult IS IT to hatch eggs???

    I'm sure it's been discussed before, but would love some advice:
    Thanks
    Diane
     
  2. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    Depends on your budget but get a Brinsea Octa 20 Pro if you have the cash. Dont buy a mini bator unless you absolutely positively can guarantee that you wont "need" one that can hatch more than 10 eggs. Remember - shipped eggs give you about a 50% hatch rate. 8 eggs - 4 no good - 2 roosters......... Chicken math says get a bigger box.

    In saying that, I use a Hovabator 1602N with a fan kit and turner. Its less than half the price. I use a good calibrated digital thermometer with remote sensor so I can keep an eye on the temps without hovering over the bator, Some people hate the styro bators, others love them. Not many hate the Brinseas.
     
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I have a Brinsea, but I can't really tell you much about it as I'm only on day 6 of my set of eggs using this one. So far it has been good though. Temperature and humidity's fine. I read great reviews about it, I must say.

    Hatching eggs is not that difficult. As long as you use proper equipment, good quality eggs and follow the guidelines reg temp and humidity.

    Here's a good article on hatching that will tell you everything:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
     
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  4. katsdar

    katsdar Overrun With Chickens

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    I have the brinsea eco 20 found on line for 113 plus shipping, of 20 bucks, then I got a hydrometer at the pet store, and did great with old eggs
     
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