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Incubation Chart

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mrs MIA, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Mrs MIA

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    I had printed out an incubation chart back in April, and now I can't find the link, so I put it together here as a quick reference. Several species have special quirks (like waterfowl), so it's best to double check the specifics, but this is the general chart that I had. If you stay within the ranges, you should be fine. And of course, this may not be 100% correct, and I wouldn't know because I haven't hatched more than 5 different species so far [​IMG] so if something needs to be corrected, please just PM me and let me know.
    Just a note, you'll find by looking at the list that most of the temps/humidities are the same for all eggs... it's just the incubation period that changes. How simple is that? [​IMG]

    FORCED AIR temps... for STILL AIR, add ~ 2°F to the temps.

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Chickens:
    Bantams 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 19
    Game 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 19
    Standard 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 19

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Barbary 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 21
    Chukar Partridge 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 21
    Hungarian 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 21

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Congo Peacock 26 days 99:5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Green Peafowl 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Guineas 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Indian Blue Peafowl 26 - 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 25

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Bar-Tailed Pheasants 27-28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 25
    Blood Pheasants 26 - 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 25
    Blue Eared Pheasant 26 - 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 24
    Brown Eared Pheasant 26 - 27 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 24
    Buff Ringneck Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Cheer Pheasant 26 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 24
    Chinese Ringneck Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Copper Pheasant 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Edwards Pheasant 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Elliot's Pheasant 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Fireback Pheasant 23 - 24 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 21
    Red Golden Pheasant 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Imperial Pheasant 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Kalij Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Koklass Pheasant 26 - 27 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 24
    Lady Amherst's Pheasant 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Melanistic Mutant Ringneck Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Mikado Pheasant 27 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 25
    Reeve's Pheasant 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Salvadori's Pheasant 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Silver Pheasant 25 - 26 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Swinhoe Pheasant 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Wattled Pheasant 24 - 26 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    White Eared Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    White Mutant Ringneck Pheasant 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 22
    Yellow Golden Pheasant 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Benson / Elegant Quail 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Blue Scaled Quail 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 21
    Bobwhite Quail 22 - 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Button Quail 16 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 14
    California / Valley Quail 22 - 23 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Coturnix Quail 16 -18 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 14
    Gambels Quail 22 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 20
    Mearns Quail 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Mountain Quail 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Black Spanish Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Bourbon Red Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Broadbreasted Bronze Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Giant White Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Royal Palm Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Wild Turkey 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Blyth's Tragopan 28 - 30 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Cabot's Tragopan 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Satyr Tragopan 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Temminck's Tragopan 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Western Tragopan 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Ducks 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Muscovy Duck 35 - 37 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 33
    Geese 28 - 30 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Swans 30 - 37 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 28
    Ducks and geese take a little more care with the temps and humidity. The humidity is increased to 80% with pipping, and the temps decreased to about 97°F.

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Ceylon Junglefowl 20 - 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 17
    Green Junglefowl 20 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 17
    Grey Junglefowl 20 - 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 17
    Red Junglefowl 19 - 21 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 17

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Chinese Monal 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Crane 30 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 28
    Crested Argus 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Great Argus 24 - 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Grouse (Prairie Chicken) 25 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 23
    Himalayan Monal 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26
    Ostrich 42 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 40
    Pigeons 17 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 13
    Rhea 35 - 40 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 34

    Species Incub. Period Temp (F°/C°) Humidity Humidity (Last 3 days) Stop Turning
    Canary 14 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 12
    Doves 14 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 12
    Finches 14 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 12
    Mynah Birds 14 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 12
    Parakeets 18 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 16
    Parrots 28 days 99.5°/37.5° 55-65% 65% -80% Day 26

    Emus:
    that tells all about the ratites...
    46-56 days 35-55% humidity (~40%) 96-99.5°F for forced air (~96.5°F) 3-5 days before expected hatch, decrease temp 1°F, and increase humidity 5-10%
     
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2009
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

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    Holy cow (I mean bird)! That's awesome!
     
  3. arabookworm

    arabookworm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm new to this, so I might be (probably am) wrong, but from what I've read, most people say to keep the temp higher than 99.5 for chickens, and stop turning day 18. and I thought the hum was supposed to be a bit lower than that! am I wrong!?! am I killing the babies?!?

    [​IMG] I'm having a panic attack at the very thought [​IMG]
     
  4. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
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    Can we make this a sticky for future reference??

    This is great info!!
     
  5. hatchaholic

    hatchaholic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    Quote:Temp depends on the type of bator, ie. still air or forced air. Day 18 is the last day to turn. Day 19-21 (last three days) eggs should remain untouched in the bator/hatcher with elevated humidity.
     
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  6. johnmayersquare

    johnmayersquare Let's Talk About Chicks, Man!

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    Thanks a bunch! That is so helpful! [​IMG]
     
  7. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    You're welcome! But it was purely selfish... now I always have a copy on hand. [​IMG]

    The 99.5°F is for forced air incubators (with a fan).
    If you have a still air (no fan) like the Little Giant (LG) you will want to bump your temps to about 101.5°F. Just a couple of degrees.
    This is where a water wiggler comes in handy. If you have an indoor/outdoor thermometer with a probe, the probe can be inserted into the water wiggler (child's toy) and that temperature is "close" to the temp inside an egg. If you keep the "outdoor" (inside the wiggler) temp at 99.5°F in a still-air, you should be good. The air temps will oscillate, sometimes as much as ± 6°F, but if the wiggler temp is stable, you're good. [​IMG]
     
  8. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Did you create this chart in Excel?
     
  9. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

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    I do have it in excel. [​IMG]
     
  10. Bandana

    Bandana Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mrs. AK-Bird-Brain :

    I do have it in excel. [​IMG]

    Oooo! Do you have it posted in Excel format somewhere? If you didn't already have it in a spreadsheet of some sort, I was going to offer to copy and paste. Sounds like you already did all the hard work. What a gal!​
     

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