Have eggs, now questions...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by goochgirl, Dec 8, 2010.

  1. goochgirl

    goochgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2010
    OK, 4 hour round trip to pick up 6 fertile eggs, check. Stop at Wal Mart for some supplies with 2 screaming kids in tow, check. Turned off AC in sewing room to, hopefully keep them around 55 degrees, check. Now I have some really stupid questions. She gave them to me in a carton pointy end down, which I know is how you put them in the incubator. She told me she has been turning them for me. I had been planning on putting a carton on a stick and tilting it back and forth as seen on the forum. She told me the XX OO method had better results. Well, if she was turning them, was she turning them round end and then pointy end down? How do you turn them while you wait to put in incubator?? Has anyone attached a rubber glove to the side of an incubator to turn them without opening it up? I thought I'd use a foam flap over the hole to keep warm when not in use.

    Here are my supplies:
    bottle kit for lightbulb
    styrofoam cooler
    container and sponge
    stick and egg carton
    humidity gauge
    I can steal a mini fan from DH if its necessary
    tube and funnel for water addition
    glass for window at the top and side
    wire mesh to keep peeps away from bulb and fan if they hatch

    Is there anything that is absolutely necessary (funds are gone)??? We are putting this together tonight and will try different bulbs to experiment with heat and humidity levels. .. still need to read up on that one. Thanks for your help!!!
  2. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    First, it probably would have been good to have the incubator built before you got the eggs so that you had time to fiddle with it and get it working properly.

    If you are planning on putting the glass in the cooler so that you can see, make sure it is sealed tightly, or you will have temp and humidity issues.

    Also, you are going to need some type or thermostat to cycle your bulb off and on so that it doesn't get too hot. A fan is probably a good addition, though not necessary.

    The X O method is writing an X on one side and and O on the other and laying it down and turning it that way. Not end to end, side to side.

    I may think of more later, kids are driving me nuts at the moment.
  3. goochgirl

    goochgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2010
    Quote:Ha Ha, yes. We didn't decide to do this until Sat, and had to scramble to find eggs. Good thing I work well under pressure [​IMG]

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