New here and just started a batch -UPDATE -I saw movement

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by horsejody, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I am new here. On Friday I put 12 Black Jersey Giant eggs and one mixed breed egg in the incubator. I have a small flock of pet chickens already. The BJG eggs I received mail order. The mixed breed egg is from my neighbors hen. I am on day 3 and very anxious.

    I have hatched a small number of eggs in the past using my broodie banties, but I am using the incubator now. My neighbor is letting me use his styrofoam incubator. My husband installed an old computer fan in it to make it forced air.

    I knew it might take a while to get the temperature stabilized when I first put the eggs in, so on Friday night I got up and checked it about every 2 hours all night long. The temperature and humidity were fine. On Saturday night I looked forward to sleepng all night, but my little dog had other ideas. Every two hours he woke me up and wouldn't go back to sleep until we went to check the the strange styrofoam thing in the spare bathroom. I know he has no clue what it's all about, but he must have thought it was important because I was paying so much attention to it. Yesterday I tried not to pay so much attention to it so the dog wouldn't feel he needed to wake me regularly. It worked. I got to sleep all night last night.

    The temp in the incubator ranges between 99.1 and 99.9. The fan is running well. The turner appears to be working, and the humidity is running about 50%. Keep your fingers crossed.[​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2008
  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    Welcome to BYC! Sounds like you have it all under control with your values in the bator. Good luck!
  3. BrahmaMama

    BrahmaMama Songster

    Jan 8, 2008
    South Dakota
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG] Good luck with your hatch, I have my very first batch in a borrowed incubator-day 9 for me.
  4. turnerstar31

    turnerstar31 Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    welcome and good luck with the hatch. Remember to post pics of the little ones when they arrive
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Welcome, Jody!

    I set 24 eggs late saturday night. We can be hatch buddies! Sometimes we need someone to hold our hands to be able to keep them off the bator in the end. LOL

    Good luck with your hatch!
  6. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Welcome! I'm hatching for the first time too. You'll find lots of support and encouragement here.
  7. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I'll need the group support. My husband thinks I'm nuts. My kids are grown up and moved out. At least the dog is supportive![​IMG] Actually, DH is supportive too despite his belief in my insanity.
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Songster

    Oct 20, 2007
    Eastern CT
    Quote:Yeah, I've got one of those too. I just keep making yummy things with the fresh eggs when I have them and he doesn't complain too much. Of course we're about to have three times as many chickens as we've ever had. We'll see how he does then!:eek:
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Songster

    May 4, 2007
    Welcome to BYC and good luck on your hatch! [​IMG]
  10. hart31

    hart31 Songster

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bowbells, ND
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2008

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