Incubation-do I have the steps right?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Just some chicks, Nov 20, 2019.

  1. Just some chicks

    Just some chicks Chirping

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    Hi backyard chickens. I’ve begun my egg hatching journey. I bought the nurture right 360 incubator. I’ve had it running for almost a day. Temp reads 99.5 to 100°f. It goes back and forth. 50%-53% humidity. Is that ok for temp to go back and forth? Eggs will be here in 2 days. So what I have learned, in this order is; after eggs are received, let eggs rest overnight before putting into incubator. Does this length of time still apply if they come in the morning? When letting them rest, put in an egg carton with the pointed end down in the carton, wide end pointed up. After the sitting period, place in incubator. For my nurture right 360, eggs lay on side with pointed end facing the middle. I have an auto egg turner. It turns every 4hrs. How often should eggs be turned? From days 1-18, keep at 99.5 and 50-55% humidity. 3 days from hatch, increase humidity...I don’t remember to what percent though? Leave chicks in incubator to dry, then remove. I hope I didn’t leave anything out. Hoping to get a high hatch rate, as does everyone lol. Let’s cross our fingers that in 21 days, we’ll have Ayam Cemani, Swedish flower and white Bresse.
     
  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    You got most of it, As for turning the more the better to an extent. Don't forget to stop turning @ day 18, that will help them to get into hatching position. Don't forget that chicks will be fine in the incubator for 2 days without food, let them fully fluff up.
     
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    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

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    Also, don't forget to candle around day 14, then toss any showing no signs of growth.
     
  4. Just some chicks

    Just some chicks Chirping

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    Thank you!
     
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    dougieee Chirping

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    Are the eggs shipped? If they are you need to check the air cells, they should be fixed at the wide end of the egg, shipped eggs tend to have detached air cells because of transit.
    If they are detached then i would seriously consider setting them in the incubator upright.
     
  6. Just some chicks

    Just some chicks Chirping

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    Yes, they are shipped. They come this morning. My incubator, the eggs lay on the side and the egg turner rolls them 4 times a day. How long do you let eggs set once shipped? And pointed end down while they are setting, right? I didn’t know if they came this morning, if waiting till tomorrow to put the incubator is better or tonight? Thank you
     
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  7. dougieee

    dougieee Chirping

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    I would check the condition of the air cells before you set them, if they are completely detached then ive found the best thing to do is set them upright in the incubator for the entire period of the hatch and just rotate and slightly tilt a few times a day.
    Even sitting upright for 24 hours often doesnt help with this problem.
    The last dozen eggs i hatched were shipped and every single one arrived with a completely detached air cell, i set them upright in my bator as above and had 9 out of 12 hatch.
    If you set them on their side then the air cell will constantly float to the top as the auto turner works.
     
  8. muddy75

    muddy75 Free Ranging

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    muddy75 Free Ranging

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    Is that temperature and humidity with calibrated thermometer and hygrometer or based on incubator?? 50% humidity is way too high IMO especially first 18 days.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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