My Journey Begins--1st time Incubating--Join Me!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Kristy in WA, Mar 23, 2009.

  1. Kristy in WA

    Kristy in WA Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Eastern Washington
    My incubating journey finally begins. I have had my incubator on for a week, getting the temp and humidity set, and now my eggs have arrived. I have 2 sets, one that was shipped, and one that I picked up from a neighbor. In the shipped eggs, there were 14 of them and 6 were broken. The corner of the box was mashed, so I think they must have had a very rough trip, and possibly the box was dropped? Anyway, it is a mix of eggs, some larger brown, several very small white, and one green egg. In the eggs I got from my friend, they are all bantie eggs, nothing purebred I don't think, and I have 24 of them. Tomorrow I will put everything in the incubator. Questions:

    1. How clean do the eggs have to be? I rinsed off the broken egg residue on the shipped eggs, but one has a smear of something dried to the shell, just a small smear, and another has a few spots of something dirty on it. Should I wash those more carefully?

    2. There was one egg that I can't tell which side is the pointy one. Both sides are the same pontiness.

    3. Today they just need to be at room temp, correct?

    4. Should I candle them today? What would I be looking for?

    5. Some of the eggs are from very young chickens (hatched last fall). They are with their father for the rooster. Is that a problem to inner breed like that with chickens?

    Thanks, and hopefully several of you experienced and non experienced people will follow my progress!! Kristy
  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    Most people say dont wash eggs especally if they arnt really mucky.[​IMG]

    If you candle it you may be able to see the air cell, thats the big end.[​IMG]

    Yup let them sit at room temp till you place them in the bator [​IMG]

    I candle my eggs befor I set them that way I know what they look like so I know what and if anything changes. I can also see the air cell most times that way incase I have a non pointy end egg:plbb also some eggs have cracks you cant see with the naked eye .[​IMG]

    I would guess inbreeding with chickens can cause problems just like any other inbreeding but I dont know:idunno
  3. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

    Aug 19, 2008
    1. If they aren't too dirty, I wouldn't wash them. You may be able to take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe some of the eggs if they are really dirty, but I wouldn't worry too much about it.

    2. When storing the eggs before putting them into the bator, store them at room temp. with pointy end down. If you can't tell, look for air bubble. I think the pointy side has the air bubble??? Not sure on that. Also you should store the eggs with pointy side down in an egg carton, that way you can tilt the carton once and a while(by placing something under one side) to prevent the yolks from sticking. But don't worry too much about that.

    3. Yes, they need to be kept at room temp. before put in the bator. If thy are taken right from the fridge and placed in the bator, they will begin to "sweat" which will clog the shell's pores.

    4. When you candle them, you should candle them at around day 4-7 because if they were just laid you may not find anything at first. Wait until day 4-7 and look for veins and sometimes you will see a dark shadow. Later on, around day 12+, you will begin to see the embryo bouncing around; all it will look like is a dark circle; this is the embryo's (forming chick) eye. But most of all, veins should be one of the first good signs that the embryo is developing nicely.

    5. Yes, inbreeding can cause problems. It's also unnatural; it's like if a human daughter had a child with her father. lol yeah it's just strange. So I would NOT let father/daughter chickens breed, as it is unnatural and can cause problems.

    Hope this helps and good luck! [​IMG]
  4. Rooster Roy

    Rooster Roy Hatching

    Mar 24, 2009
    I am in the same boat. I just got a new incubator and A how to booklet. Those poor egg dont know what there in for. [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Kristy in WA

    Kristy in WA Songster

    Mar 3, 2009
    Eastern Washington
    Day 1

    I put the eggs in the incubator today around 10a.m. There are 32 of them, in 3 cartons. The cartons are leaned on their sides with legos. I wondered though if having legos at 101 degrees would let off some kind of bad smell. I'm trying to get my dh to cut some wood. I will turn them this afternoon, and then once more before I go to bed. My thermometers say completely different things, one says 100.2, the other says 94, with humidity ranging from 40-50's. I think I'll put the regular thermometer back in and try to keep that one right at 100-101. I guess there isn't much else to do besides wait, wait, wait!!! Kristy
  6. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Hi Kristy! I had the same questions earlier. I just put my Gold Laced Cochins in my incubator today. This is the first time for me too!

    I'm so darn excited! I've had this 'bator forever but never used it. I got it because I thought I would have to use it for hatching parrot eggs but the parents are great so its coming in handy for chicks!

    Good luck to you hun!

  7. Laura78

    Laura78 Songster

    Feb 24, 2009
    Snohomish County, WA
    I'll be putting my eggs in as soon as my temp/humidity level out where they need to be. This will be my first time.
  8. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    You are four days ahead of me, so keep posting I will be watching and learning with you!
  9. cowman910

    cowman910 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Suffolk County,NY
    you can give them a quick rinse then candle them to find the airsac
  10. AnniesEggFarm

    AnniesEggFarm Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Ok so I too have just put my first batch in the bator.... Same one my husband used in first grade.... Very nervous! I am not sure if I will make it through this venture! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]...... Good luck to all, sending good hatching vibes.... [​IMG][​IMG]:fl


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