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Incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dirtydunlops, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. dirtydunlops

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    I just ordered a hova bator incubator and brooder kit.. Looking forward to getting this in the mail. In the past have hatched goose eggs in a borrowed stillair hovabator and 3 out of 4 hatched ..beautiful goslings. I turned those eggs three times a day and had them on their side. I did not have a device to measure humidity at the time but I kept water in the bottom and eneded up with three healthy goslings out of 4 eggs[​IMG] Those were the first 4 eggs from my pilgrim goose. I let her set on the next 8 eggs and around the estimated hatch date, found a squashed gosling. poor thing [​IMG] . The next day I found another squashed gosling. And she still sat on the eggs for like a week longer, and every time she left the nest she left for longer periods of time. In the end, after a week, I removed the eggs...they were rotten. I've had much better success with the incubator...but I've only used it once. I look forward to my own incubator and hatching little chicks [​IMG]
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Welcome to the group and good luck!
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Good luck with your future hatching :frow
     
  4. dirtydunlops

    dirtydunlops New Egg

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    Thankyou [​IMG]
     
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    I just recieved my hovabator and brooder kit in the mail yesterday .It was fun to set up and I am looking forward to hatching.
     
  7. dirtydunlops

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    I got my blue laced red Wyandotte eggs today and they are warming up to go in the incubator tonight!
    I was wondering what the best humidity is for incubation and whether I should put them in the automatic egg turner tip down or tip up...?[​IMG]
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Small end always down. The big end is where the air cell forms and you want that up. Humidity you'll get different opinions on. Many ofus switched to the "dry incubation" method where we don't add water to the bator until day 18 (unless the humidity percentage is less than 25 w/o water) and then up it for lockdown (at least 65% at lockdown, I prefer 75%). Others still do the standard incubation where they incubate at 40-50% during teh first 17 days and then up it for lockdown. If you monitor your air cell growth during incubation to check that they are growning at the right rate it will guide you as to wether you need more or less humidity or no adjustment.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    Oh...and good luck!!!!!
     
  10. dirtydunlops

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    Thankyou for the tips ! [​IMG]
     

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