Moving eggs from one incubator to another... should I?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by laurarose, Feb 16, 2015.

  1. laurarose

    laurarose Out Of The Brooder

    So a few weeks ago I set some eggs - some of my own and some shipped - only one of the eggs successfully hatched but sadly died a day later.

    This was my first time incubating and of course I fussed over it far too much and during the incubation I had some problems with keeping temp + humidity steady and correct (which wasn't helped by having to lift the entire lid off the incubator to turn the eggs & add water).
    So I decided I would try one more time with the incubator (I don't know what its called but I think its pretty old), with my own eggs, and if this time wasn't successful I would buy a new incubator.

    Buuut I've decided to buy a new one anyway, a Brinsea Octagon Advanced 20, which arrives tomorrow.


    So basically since I've already started the second batch in the old incubator, would it be a terrible idea to move the eggs to the Brinsea once it is all set up? The eggs have been incubating for 3 days now.

    Appreciate the help and will definitely listen to advice!
     
  2. jaredthefox

    jaredthefox Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see no problem with it if the transition is done as fast as possible and the other incubator is set up at the correct temp and humidity. I had my incubator loose power to it twice and went down to 60deg and it didn't effect my batch at all. Lower temps are not near a problem to eggs as higher temps. A hen will get off her best every day. Sometimes for up to an hr or two. Hope this helps
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    X2 you will be fine to move them to your new incubator. Great choice by the way on your new Brinsea I have the same one and it's fantastic!! Give it 24 hours to settle after setting it up and you should be good to go.
    Sorry to hear you had a bad hatch last time I hope this one is better for you with your new Brinsea :thumbsup
     
  4. laurarose

    laurarose Out Of The Brooder


    Yeah, I thought at first my temps may have been too lower but after comparing thermometers I think the thermometer I was using was reading lower than what it should have been so my temps were a few degrees too high and this caused the problems.

    Thank you!
     
  5. laurarose

    laurarose Out Of The Brooder


    Thank you, I read a lot of good things about the brinsea so finger crossed it works well for me! I have one question if that's okay - I have now moved the eggs into the brinsea but since they are now upright instead of on their sides, when should I give it the first tilt? Could I let them settle in the regular centre position then tilt them in the morning and carry on from there?
     
  6. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Have you got the turnng cradle with it? Or are you hand turning the whole incubator? I would leave just a few hours then later do your first tilt then the morning tilt it the other way. Odd number of times per day so they are not in the same position 2 nights in a row.
     
  7. laurarose

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    Nope I'm hand turning so I will tilt it one way tonight and then I will tilt it three times a day until lockdown.
    thank you for your help, much appreciated!
     

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