Help with my first time incubating eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bribre, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. bribre

    bribre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi. Next week I was planing on trying my first hatch in my new Hova Bator model 1602N thermal air flow incubator. I really don't know much about incubating eggs. I know the humidity for the first 18 days is recommended to be 55-65% and the last 3 65-80%. And not sure what I need the temp at? Also I do not have a egg turner yet so I will be doing it by hand. So how many time a day do u turn them?

    What else do I need to know?
    Do you recommend I put a computer fan in it?

    Thanks
    Bre
     
  2. bribre

    bribre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone??
     
  3. MyNameIs86

    MyNameIs86 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i had my first hatch last year.
    I have the same model. however I do have a turner that turns for me. I hear that you have to turn them 8 times per day. But i could be wrong.
    i think if you are going to do this more then once I'd suggest an automatic turner cuz maybe you won't be home all day to turn them.
     
  4. trailchick

    trailchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yours does not have a fan in it, being a thermal air ?
    Dont know much about those ......
    but a fan would be better to start with than a turner.
    Air will need to circulate inside with some ventilation from outside air.
    I would just read thru a bunch of the incubating & hatching threads to get
    a better idea of what your 'bator can do. The advance search tool on
    here might show up a few threads discussing your model.

    The eggs need to be turned at least 3 times a day minimum....
    The turner reduces the need to open the incubator up which
    usually reduces the temp, and humidity. But in nature, a hen will also
    go off the nest a couple of times a day which will do the same thing
    (cooling & airing the nest out).

    Welcome to BYC & good luck!
     
  5. bribre

    bribre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the thing I don't really understand my incubator has a little fan in it but I've read on here that people with the same incubator put the PC fan in it.. Is it because I need a stronger fan?
    I will be getting an egg turner before summer just wanted to have a test run before I start putting my more valuable black copper marans eggs in it.
    Thanks for the reply. :)
     
  6. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    its because the bought it without a fan and are upgrading it.

    PC fans are cheaper but stronger air exchane - they have larger fins for the same diameter fans - you are better off with the fan designed for your bator if you have one.

    Although I will use PC fans, I make sure the airflow is not directly hitting a single spot.
     
  7. bribre

    bribre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks oz!!
    I really should know all of this from reading your getting the flock out of here forum lol
    Do you run the same incubator I can't remember?
    Also what temp do I need it at?
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    I have 2 of the forced air 1602N. I like them a lot. They are roomy enough to have a big water container so I dont have to worry about filling it during lockdown, Much taller than the LG or Farm Innovators. For a basic thermostat, the wafer is great and easy to adjust. I use a digital thermostat to override the one on my farm innovators.

    I run at 99.8 and it hovers between 99.3 and 100.3.

    I get first pips early day 20.
     
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