Incubator Questions - It's My First Time

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ShellyH22, Feb 24, 2016.

  1. ShellyH22

    ShellyH22 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 Saxony females laying eggs daily and would like to incubate about 12 of there eggs. I have never done this before and would like some advise on which kind of incubator to get. Still Air or Circulated Air? How often do the eggs need turned? I would like to turn them myself instead of buying a automatic turner if possible.
    I was told by someone that opening the incubator to turn the eggs myself would completely throw off the temp and humidity. I assume opening would make the heat fluctuate slightly for a few minutes while I turn, but would it be enough to do damage? Being that I am new to this, I do not want to invest a lot of money into an incubator just yet.
    I would appreciate any advice you can give.

    Thank You
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Hi, I am not a hatcher, but there are a bunch of them. A short list, not at all complete, with apologies for those I have missed.

    madamiec
    casportpony
    Lacrystol
    learycow
    Marty1876
    Aoxa
    sumi
    70%cocoa
    stillmecle
    DUCKGIRL89
    GrannyCarol
    QuackerJackFarms
    carcar80
    Kevin565
    momo18clara
    WVduckchick
    Caesargirl

    Meanwhile here are a few threads that may help.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1019200/incubator-recommendations

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/993643/incubator-recommendations

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/951784/janoel-incubation-experience

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/491013/goose-incubation-hatching-guide-completed


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/incubating-and-hatching-muscovy-eggs

    and recently I saw someone advise to have at least one, preferably two backups for checking temperature and humidity, and these can make a life or death difference in a hatch, and sometimes the incubators' equipment does not give an accurate enough reading.

    @ronott1 , @ozexpat
    @Sally Sunshine
    @Amykins
     
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2016

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