My Hatching Journey: the Adventures of a Complete Newbie

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BantyChooks, Jan 26, 2016.

  1. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    I became interested in incubating several months ago, after starting to get some fertile eggs from my newest roosters. While asking around on BYC I found the "Incubating w/ friends" thread. After reading the incredible pile of information on there and asking some questions, I decided to sit back and wait for spring. Yeah, right, famous last words, eh? My first batch is going in the incubator soon, if I can locate all the supplies I need. I thought I had them all but then my hygroset (pictured below) malfunctioned.

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    Incubator modification—it's so simple, but makes adjusting temperatures way easier. Just hot glue a Lego onto the adjuster.
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    Incubator pictures:
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    My plans are to get a good cross going with my EE/Sultan eggs. I am curious as to what they look like, and if I can get them to retain the more attractive aspects of the Sultan with the coloured eggs and slightly better common sense of the EE.

    Update: 1st gen cross of EE x Sultan below. I am very pleased.
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    Pictured below are some of the eggs I am going to set.
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    Helpful thread links:

    Hatching 101
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Educational Incubation and Hatching
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/educational-incubation-hatching-w-sally-sunshine-hosts-bantychooks-and-more.1137467/

    Coolerbator
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/homemade-easy-cooler-incubator
    and
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/building-the-binbator.72074/

    Assisted Hatching
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching


    Feel free to join in with your own hatches, add advice, or learn a few things. All are welcome.
     
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  2. Sally Sunshine

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    Go Bubbles GO!!!! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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  4. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks y'all, I'm pretty excited about this.
     
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  5. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    I tried replacing the battery and letting the hygro/thermo sit, but it appears that it was defective. New one arrives in a few days so :fl that this one works and I can set by the end of this week.
     
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  6. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    My super fancy way to add water to the channels in the bottom:
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  7. that's cool. I used air line from my fish tanks or tube from am spray bottle and a 20cc syringe . sorry your hyrgoset is bad . I have got three and all were good and work fine. I would leave it dry until you know what the dry humidity is . are you going to add a fan? or leave it still air . you are so one up on me when I started and long after . I had to figure out things on my own to proud to ask questions . you will do great for sure.
     
  8. BantyChooks

    BantyChooks Sing Brightly Premium Member Project Manager

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    I'm not adding water yet except to test that it works.

    I am not really planning on adding a fan, as I will build a coolerbator soon. Thanks for the vote of confidence, I am really hoping I get a few chicks out of this. :fl
     
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  9. Sally Sunshine

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  10. Sally Sunshine

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    ps bubbles your borrowing the bator? so you dont want to put a hole in it? perhaps she wouldnt mind if you show her what the hole would be for?
     

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