Incubating geese questions

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Lapaysannefarm, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. Lapaysannefarm

    Lapaysannefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi this is my first time incubating geese eggs (and my first post on this forum), I have 7 geese eggs and 2 duck eggs that I put in the incubator on February 23, I think the eggs already developed a little before I put them in, the mother goose had started laying on them when I sneaked them to the incubator. They are on day 7-8. I have gotten mixed responses on this, but how high should the humidity be??
    I don't have a hydromometer so i've been adding water in every evening and morning.

    I've candled them and they all have a small air cell except for one of the goose eggs.

    I turn them 4 times daily, I think they are developing correctly. As I said before, they had been under the mother goose for one or two days.

    How many days into incubation do you think they are? I can see a bit of veining but the egg shell is very thick.




    Thanks!
     
  2. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and WELCOME to the forum. Let me dig out some links for you that will help you. Your humidity may be excessive and you need to buy a humidity guage (a cheap one from a garden centre will do) to give you some better idea. What is your temperature and try to turn your eggs an odd number of times a day 3 or 5 would be ok.

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  3. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Lapaysannefarm

    Lapaysannefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! :)

    My thermometer reads that it is 99 degrees

    I will try to get a humidity gauge, how high should it be? I've heard 40-50% humidity and I've heard 55-65%. What percentage do you use?


    Thanks again, Sophie
     
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  5. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    Sophie, read all of the links Pete have you. He has given you the best guidance with those links for incubating. As he said you need to go get a humidity gauge, and have you calibrated your thermometer before using the incubator? That way you know it is reading accurately.
     
  6. Lapaysannefarm

    Lapaysannefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've looked over all the links and printed a few of them out :)

    I have two thermometers in the incubator, and they both read the same tempature.

    I found a humidity gauge and it reads 55-60% humidity, is that okay??


    Thanks!
     
  7. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your temperature is fine at 99F but humidity should be 40-50%.
     
  8. Lapaysannefarm

    Lapaysannefarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thank you for your links and helpful information :) much appreciated
     

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