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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by arabookworm, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. arabookworm

    arabookworm Songster

    Oct 27, 2008
    Pittsburgh, PA
    all right, this is going to be a stupid question, but bear with me

    when I receive eggs, should the incubator be already on and hot and everything? and do I put the eggs in right away, or wait? and what is the correct humidity and temp. for the incubator days 1-18?

    btw our incubator is a 1602 hova bator without a turner.
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    Yes it should be hot and kept a steady temp for a day or 2. 100 to 101 is what I do. 45% to 55% is what my humidity usually stays first 18 days. Try searching the forum, everyone has different opinions.
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Have bator ready when they arrive. Let eggs sit small end down for 12 or so hours to settle the air cells before putting them in. Humidity should be somewhere between 30 and 40% for 18 days and then up to 65% or a bit more for hatch last 3 days. Temps 99.5 - 100 degrees. Good Luck! [​IMG]

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