I got my bator...now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicksnducks, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Songster

    Apr 16, 2007
    Durant OK
    I went to the chicken auction in Durant, OK last night and got a bator...egg turner included....now what should I do first?
    I am starting to get the eggs together...my girls are laying about 8 a day...where should I keep them before I put them in the bator?
    I am so excited and want to start NOW but I want to do it right.
    It is a Little Giant 9200 still air ...The instructions show that a fan can be added. Do you think I should do that first?
    thanks in advance for all the info. I have learned so much from this forum!
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    You need to set your incubator up and getting it running at the right temps for a few days before setting eggs......if you want to add a turner now is the time to do it before thinking of a hatch....if not your going to be turning eggs 3 times a day for 18 days...

    Keep your eggs on the counter in your kitchen or someplace where the temps stay at an even degree...not too cold not too hot....
  3. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Add the fan if you can. It will help keep the temps more stable as the air circulates around the eggs.

    Good luck!
  4. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Songster

    Apr 16, 2007
    Durant OK
    I am going to plug it in now. It has a thermometer. Do I need anything else? Is there supposed to be something to keep track of humidity?
  5. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Songster

    Aug 24, 2007
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yes, keeping an eye on the humidity is helpful. Most of us have acquired hygrometers (humidity gauges) from various places to add to the incubators. I bought a cheap one from Walmart, which may not be very accurate, but gives a general idea. Some are sold in pet stores for reptile cages. Many people get a dual-purpose instrument that gives humidity AND a second temperature reading. That helps you know if your temp. is really accurate.
  6. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

    Jan 14, 2007
    OH/PA Boarder
    I use two thermometers - after loosing a special group of eggs I found out the new thermometer was off two degrees
    so I always use two- You will have to find out what works for you I no longer track humidity and have great hatches.
    Ok I killed more then one special group of eggs -- ok I have killed more breeds then most hatcheries sell - I was an egg killer . Humidity needs vary hugely by state and town to town , House to house . I dry hatch and the chicks get out just fine no issues - no need to add water -
    I personally have found the less ya mess the better it goes
    with my LG- I have never used a fan or circulating air - but the new incubator I just bought has a fan -
    hope you get a great hatch
  7. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Do not use the thermometers that comes with your incubator, those things are worthless and toss those in the garbage! I would buy those reptile digitial I think it called Fluckers and its great and had good hatches out of them!
  8. moonlitfarms

    moonlitfarms Songster

    Aug 17, 2007
    Does anyone have a pic of the "probe" you use to put inside the water wiggler. This would help me better understand what I'm looking for.
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Is it a used incubator? If it is, the first thing I would do is disinfect it!!
  10. chicksnducks

    chicksnducks Songster

    Apr 16, 2007
    Durant OK
    It was not actually used to hatch but I would like to disinfect anyway. what should I use????

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