Little Giant

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tia, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Hello - I am new here. I am a classroom teacher hatching duck eggs in a Little Giant incubator. I need tips on ventilation. Do i leave one red plug out and then take the other out during hatch? Also humidity.. should I fill the smaller water area for the first 25 days then fill them both??? I have put a very small computer fan in.... I'm thinking I should keep the temperature about 100 degrees. (that is if I can figure out which of my 5 thermometers are accurate) Any help any of you can give me that have had experience with the Little Giant would be appreciated. Last time I tried... I had eggs moving around.. fully developed... didn't pip, so didn't hatch... : ( Help!!!

    Tia
     
  2. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Hi Tia and [​IMG] I'm not an expert but I have hatched several batches of chicks using a Little Giant. Did ducks just once and got one to hatch. I just now dusted off my LG which I haven't used in years and am about to try hatching some eggs. Little Giants are very very unreliable as I have learned since joining this site. Most people use a digital thermometer/humidity gauge now because humidity is extremely important. (I didn't know that for all the years I used my Little Giant and it may explain why some chicks developed but didn't hatch). I just got a gauge from Walmart for $6+ and am trying to get the humidity up to at least 50%. So far it's only reached 47 % but I haven't put the eggs in yet. In my case, I have plugged one hole, filled ALL the canals and even put in a wet sponge to raise the humidity. I don't know what the humidity is supposed to be for ducks but I think it's supposed to be higher than for chicks. Hopefully somebody here will be able to help you more with your questions. I would highly recommend you get a therm./humidity gauge because both are important and you need to know you are getting a reliable reading. Hope this helps a little! BEST OF LUCK!!!
     
  3. warmfuzzies

    warmfuzzies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boondocks, Colorado
    Probably, from what I have read, your humidity was too high. How much water to add depends on how high your ambient humidity is. Here, it is very dry, and I have to add water in all three to keep it above 20-30%.

    Your temps sound right. Glue a large button or something on your knob so it is easier to turn. A lot of people use a light dimmer switch form wal-mart or where ever.

    And I just take one plug out and leave the other plug in, that is what the manual said. I have not heard any advice about that on here, so i will be interested in this also.
     
  4. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    Quote:first off if you are gonna incubate using the LG make sure you have your incubator in a room with a temp. that stays the same. Many people have problems with the temp because they put it in a room that changes temps often...So just make sure the temp. is stable in the room

    Usually when i incubate in my LG i leave both plugs out days 1-25...it works fine for me...but the last 3 days i put both in to keep the humidity up...but when they hatch i take both out because with them hatching the humidity will get to high if you leave both in

    fill all the small rings in the bottom you dont have to fill it every day just every 7 days or so

    if you have a fan then it should be around 99-99.5 degrees

    humidity should be kept 30-40% the first 25 days and 50-60 the last 3 days

    make sure you get a thermometer that shows the humidity...

    and just research some more on what to do...

    o and if they are ducks make sure to spray them with warm water after day 4


    hope this helps [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2009
  5. roxie03

    roxie03 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just hatched my first hatch of ducks in an LG. (8 out of 10 hatched). I kept 1 plug in and the other out until I stopped turning. I never misted my eggs or did the cool down thing. I just kept the temp. around 100 and the humidity around 45% for first 25 days. When I stopped turning them I plugged up both holes, kept the temp. the same and upped the humidity to 75-80%. I would invest in a hygrometer cause just filling the water wells in the bottom will not be enough to raise the humidity. Good luck! I am loving my ducks more than the chicks I hatched. Not as smelly!
     
  6. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    Thanks for all of the advice. I've read quite a bit, but get different information from different sites... a lot of it is similar though. It is pretty humid where I live... and doesn't seem to take too much water to get that humidity up. I have a digital reptile thermometer that has temperature and humidity... but don't know how accurate it is... that is the problem... they all read something different... I guess you just have to choose one and go for the best. The thermometer that came with the LG reads a lot higher than the digital one. I feel like an expectant mother....

    Tia
     
  7. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    Whatever you do DONT use the LG themometer....its not reliable
     

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