New to Incubating!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cherndon712, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    I just got my new incubator...And hatching eggs should be here today or tomorrow...I'm a nervous wreck!! I ordered 12 Buff Orpington eggs (I already have 5 grown birds) for my son to increase his Orpington flock. I'm new to incubating and so scared of screwing up!! Any advice would be GREAT!![​IMG]
     
  2. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep your bator in a basement or room that is not used often to keep the temp as regulated as you can. Plug it in now so that you have plenty of time to get it set. Add water right away to, I found that when my bator ran out of water the temp would go up 1 to 3 degrees. Dont worry about the temp drop after adding the eggs, it will go back to the right temp as the eggs warm up. If you get your eggs first thing in the morning you could probably set them in the evening before going to bed, otherwise I would let them sit until the next morning. I dont turn my eggs for the first 24 hours after setting them to let them adjust and settle in the warmth. Use a water wiggler if you can find one, dont panick if you cant. If you have a temp rise or drop of 3 to 5 hours you still are ok, overnight might be another story. THE BIGGEST THING IS DONT WORRY..lol If they dont hatch try again, it takes a lot of practice to get it right and things can still go wrong. Good luck, Jenn
     
  3. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if ur turning by hand turn atleast 2-3 times a day.keep humidity right.set ur temp at 100. dont turn after day 18.let the chick dry befor takin out of bator. move to brooder and keep temp around 95 for a week .. jmo
     
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2008
  4. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    I've brooded about 60 chicks (last spring) so I'm good on that...My concern is that I can't find a hygrometer so how can I keep the humidity at 50% (that's what I was told)!
     
  5. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    45%-50% is good. I would fill it half way to be sure. Thats what I had to do
     
  6. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Do you have a Walmart/Kmart/Target/Ace Hardware etc nearby? They all have hygrometers. If you don't there is always ebay. Best of luck
     
  7. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    DUH...I didn't think about WalMart!! LOL
     
  8. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    Walmart has them in the hardware section where the thermometers are. The hygrometers start at just a couple of $ [​IMG]
     
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Please buy a accu-rite not a springfield
     
  10. cherndon712

    cherndon712 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2008
    WY
    LOL, Will do...Good thing I haven't left yet! My bator is sitting at 100*, hasn't changed at all for a while now, so that's going good...And my eggs will be here tomorrow!!
     

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