New to Hatching and Need good website

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by KDailey, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I think I'm going to try my hand at hatching from an incubator. It's way too confusing to try to piece together all the information in these threads so I'm looking for a good informative website about hatching chickens. I'm tryin by searching google but I haven't found one yet that really tells me in an easy to understand format.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I didn't even realize that was on here! That's a pretty good summary. Now to find the best incubator without spending a fortune....
     
  5. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the one thing I know I didn't really look at was Chicken Math. I made my first incubator and now working on my second one as I want to hatch more. Get what you can afford and with the features you want.
     
  6. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I've seen a small incubator at tractor supply for like $44 and then there's a seperate egg turner for the same price. I think it would hold plenty of eggs for me to start off but I'm not real certain if it's worth the money to go for the automatic turner. It wouldn't be hard for me to turn eggs in the morning when I get up, at 3 when I get off work and then before going to bed. But what if I'm not home...

    What are some things you like about certain features that some incubators have?
     
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    The Little Giant or Hovabator Styrofoam type are great for a beginning model. I've had my Little Giant for 17 years and it is still going strong. I did invest in the auto egg turner about 5 years ago and it does make life easier. If you have time to hand-turn them 3-4 times a day, start that way and save up for the turner. Another option besides laying them flat is to put them in an egg carton with the top cut off. You can make a wedge to prop under the bottom of the carton to make your hand turning faster. Just move the wedge from one side of the carton to the other to make the eggs tilt.
     
  8. 1AcreRooster

    1AcreRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    We had a store bought still air incubator, worked okay with hand turning, but after we added a old computer fan to it, hatches were much better. Later we added a turner, nice not to have to do anything, but I kinda enjoyed it better having something to do but stare. Now I am trying a homemade coller incubator, very easy and Cheap, the temp was really easy to regulate as well, got all the info from here at BYC
     
  9. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Quote:Thanks for the reminder - a fan does help a lot. We installed the computer fan as well instead of buying the one offered by the manufacturer.
     
  10. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    I'm not sure what the TSC incubator was but I'll look up those models you mentioned. If it's lasted you that long then I'd say it's probably worth an investment.
     

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