Going to get new eggs, now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Crickett, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    A friend of my DH is going to give us some eggs. I have a 'bator, but what do I do now? Do the eggs need to be kept humid as well? And how often should they be turned? My bator is a still air one. Should I keep a thermometer in it? I have several (10) chicks in a brooder, but this will be my first time with eggs. [​IMG] HELP!!!![​IMG]
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    With a still air, your temps will have to be around 101-102> I usually keep the humidity around 50% for the beginning and up it to 65 or so on the 18th day when you stop turning. You will need a Hydrometer. You can get one fairly cheap at Walmart. It shows both humidity and temp. They also need to be turned at least 3 times a day. Always an odd # so they dont stay in the same position every night... I hope this helps!! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2009
  3. Crickett

    Crickett Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    Thanks! To get the humidity right do I just put in a dish of water? Or would it be better to put a damp cloth over the eggs?[​IMG]
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Your incubator should have plastic water wells or troughs in the bottom under the wire that you fill to keep the humidity at the correct levels. No putting washcloths over eggs during incubation.

    As stated a thermometer/hygrometer is a must to keep an eye on temps and humidity levels.
  5. adriennehearts

    adriennehearts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2009
    i would brooder.

    but keep a therm.

    put an x on top

    and o on bottom

    and turn 3 or 2 times a day

    exept the 18th day.

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