hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jc17, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. jc17

    jc17 In the Brooder

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    i have never hatched eggs before, im planning to start though! i know literally nothing about it, any information would be great!
     
  2. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    temp should be 99-100 farenheit
    humidity is 40-50% for the first 18 days
    humidity should be 55-70% the last 3 days
    they hatch in 21 days
    i made my own incubator but for a first time hatcher i would buy one
    turn them 3 times a day
    you need a brooder when they hatch
    i use a large plastic tub with hay in the bottom
    you need a light for heat
    feed them chick starter feed crumbles medicated or non medicated
    you need to leave them in the bator for 24 hours after they hatch or until they are completely dry
    they should have water and food after out of the incubator
    i almost forgot you must not turn them or open the incubator the last 3 days this is called lock down
    you must not open the incubator while they are hatching because they can get shrink wrapped
    they can go outside when they are fully feathered
    any other questions just ask! [​IMG]
    good luck!
     
  3. jc17

    jc17 In the Brooder

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    thanks so much!
     
  4. jc17

    jc17 In the Brooder

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    how do i change the humidity?
     
  5. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    you can add or remove water. sometimes i have to take all the water out of the jar because my homemade incubator evaporates water really fast. are you buying or making an incubator?
     
  6. jc17

    jc17 In the Brooder

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    making one
     
  7. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    awesome i did the same thing. here are some pics of mine. [​IMG]

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  8. jc17

    jc17 In the Brooder

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    sweet. those marks you made on the eggs are for turning them right? and i know you said rotate them three times day, but how often? every three hours? also do you rotate them 90 degrees or 180 degrees every time you rotate them?
     
  9. five is my dog

    five is my dog Songster

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    i put an x on one side and an 0 on the other. you just turn them from one letter to the other. i turn them at around 9 in the morning, 3pm and 8pm.
     
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013

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