Hands on hatching and help

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, Feb 11, 2016.

  1. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Um, hi. [​IMG] I'm Blooie. I don't know if I'll be a "hands on hatcher" or not. I have my shipped eggs sitting here and so far I'm afraid touch them. I already broke one just looking at it. [​IMG] The eggs are letting their air cells settle right now while hubby is trying to regulate the incubator and I'm scrounging in the cabinet for margarita makings. It's gonna be a looong month. <sigh>
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Welcome friend!!! I am going to be doing my first shipped eggs here in about another week and I am going to try to be as hands off with them as I can, so I am collecting eggs from my spitzhauben hen to set with them so I have something I can touch!! [​IMG]
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Oh, and no more breaking them! [​IMG]
     
  4. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Realizing this is "hands on" thread, I'm excited to have a hands OFF hatch... My pigeon is sitting on an egg!!! She laid it last night. Should be 17 days from now!!!
     
  5. samandemsmommy

    samandemsmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I have a hands off hatch going at the moment as well- I have a broody buff sitting on a clutch of 7 at the moment! :)
     
  6. caesargirl

    caesargirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yaaa!!! We can let the mommas stress!!
     
  7. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    Oh I want some bantam choc orps! I actually have a supplier for them, I just can't handle another breed. But you might just change my mind for me!! [​IMG]
    Good luck! [​IMG]

    And if you didn't realize it, you are now an addict! [​IMG]



    [​IMG] Good luck darlin'!

    Piggie!! I hope she hatches it for you.

    What size are pigeon eggs? Like comparable to a quail?
     
  8. 4theloveofchick

    4theloveofchick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    It's been awhile since I have been on this web site. Life just decided to get too busy. I finally after years convinced my husband for us to get an incubator. I was able to get a Little Giant with an egg turner model 9200 still air. I got it off of Craigslist, it's just so expensive new! I contacted someone on in Sherwood Or, that's about a 20 min drive from me, about getting ferti eggs. This is what her ad said, Olive Egger and Easter Egger chicks from our diverse flock. Parents include Creasted Cream Legbar, Isbar, and Easter Egger roos over Marans (several colors) Crested Cream Legbar, Isbar, and Easter Egger hens.

    The resulting chicks are a wide range of colors including blues, barred, salmon, splash and more. The eggs they'll lay will be shades of blue, teal, mint green, olive, dark olive, and maybe rosy brown.

    Straight run chicks: $6.50 ea or 6/$30

    Get a head start:
    two week old chicks $7.50 ea or 6/$35

    Fertile hatching eggs $20 / dozen
    three week old chicks $8.50 ea or 6/$40

    So I have incubated eggs before, BUT that was with my Aunt when I was a child. PLEASE can anyone help me. Do I put water in the bottom before I put the eggs in. I bought it yesterday, and put the egg turner in it, and I have been running it. The lady told me it will be later this week that I'll get them. So I'd like to know what I'm doing before then. I have read that you want the temp to be at 99.5. The humidity, I have seen so many different numbers. Also my model doesn't have a fan, is this bad? Do I need to put one in? Any advice would be appreciated, as I want the best results I can get. So please HELP! Thank you. I do miss talking to you all on here.
     
  9. WVduckchick

    WVduckchick For The Birds! Premium Member

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    I think that's kinda pricey for mixed flock eggs, but maybe not in your area.

    Without a fan, you will want your temp a little higher than 99.5. More like 100.5 - 101.
    You see different humidity numbers because humidity varies greatly with your local conditions. Are you high elevation? How humid is your house, and your local environment?

    Kudos for doing your research ahead of time! Come back, we're here to help!
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Pigeons too?? Where are the pics???

    I still stressed during my broody hatches...lol More so....

    You came to the right place!! I use the 9200, but mine has the fan installed. I'd be more thn willing to help. First still air recommendations are 101-102 with the temp taken near the top of the eggs. (Shoot for 101-101.5). Make sure that you check the thermometers and hygrometer you are using. Before you put any water in it, what is the humidity dry?

    This is the humidity guide I use: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
     

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