Incubating chicken eggs!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Zanlm, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Zanlm

    Zanlm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am on my 2nd hatch with my home made bator. I am wondering what everyone thinks is the best but cheapest way to completely hatch out eggs and get a really good hatch rate.
    Meaning what all should one really have. All pics are welcomed and enjoyed as well!

    Thanks Lori
     
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    My advice would be as follows -

    A good thermometer

    A hygrometer for measuring humidity

    Good turner or if hand turning, turn at least 5 times per day

    Good quality hatching eggs from healthly well fed parent stock

    A fan in the incubator for good air distribution and even temperature

    For a forced air incubator (fan) incubate at 37.5 Celsius
    For stil air (no fan) incubate at 101 farenheight

    Humidity day 1-18 45%, day 18 onwards at lockdown 65%

    Good luck :fl
     
  3. Aphrael

    Aphrael Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say at least 2 or 3 thermometers so you can put them in different areas of the incubator simultaneously to check for hot or cold spots. Also something to test your thermometers and thermostat against for accuracy. I use a baby thermometer that is guaranteed accurate within 2/10's of a degree to check mine. I would also suggest a good hygrometer that has been tested for accuracy before you put it to use.
     
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  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    x2 I'm with Aphrael on that one. Learned the hard way.... never trust just one, plus if you can place them at different spots in the bator you can better judge if you have any warm or cold spots.
     
  5. Zanlm

    Zanlm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys! Should I invest in a good flashlight for candeing or could I just use my iPhone flashlight?
     
  6. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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  7. Zanlm

    Zanlm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I was reading on here last night and saw where someone downloaded itourch for the iPhone. So I did and it worked ok but I'm gonna look for a better flashlight today!

    Today is day 20 on my 3 little eggs! Say a [​IMG] that they all make it! Hope I'm lucky to see some move my today!
     
  8. Titanpaul726

    Titanpaul726 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck!
     

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