New toy!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by plreef, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. plreef

    plreef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm excited! Tomorrow I'm getting a used incubator. Its a older Hova Bator. I have a small fan that I used to use to keep my reef tank cool. I'll install it inside to circulate the air better. We have 12 "mutt" eggs coming Monday.
    This is going to be my first time setting eggs. I been spending to ton of time in this forum reading everybody's threads. I hope were ready! Any advice for the noob?[​IMG]
     
  2. VICHICKENGUY

    VICHICKENGUY New Egg

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    The best advice I can give you is to let the bator do its job. Other than turning, adding water or candling, sit back, relax, wait and enjoy. Good luck:)
     
  3. Three_Blessings

    Three_Blessings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats!!! I can't help you out since I've never hatched, but I really really want to! I'm sure you will have a blast and become addicted like everyone else here!!!
     
  4. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Trust me your ready!!!!
     
  5. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Post lots and lots of pictures of my grandchickies!!! [​IMG]
    It will be a long three weeks, no matter how patient you think you are!
     
  6. plreef

    plreef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm patient, but I'm not sure how patient my kids will be.... We'll make them a calender that they can cross off the days till they hatch.
    I also have a turner too. That should make the process a little easier. Don't worry Henrietta I'll have the camera in the ready position! I'll get a new thread started tomorrow.

    Any more advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  7. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I did the calendar thing with my son when we hatched last year. It helped a lot. Kindergarteners have little idea of how long 21 days are. I was not much better. Our temps ran a little high and the first pip happened late on day 19 (or more like early day 20). You will be starting yours almost a year to the day from when we started ours, only last year Feb. vacation was a week later. Ours all hatched when we were home to watch! One of my silkies struggled and I ended up helping him out. There's a great thread on here that you should have ready just in case. The silkie that struggled and hatched in my hand is the father of your future chicks!
     
  8. Henrietta23

    Henrietta23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 20, 2007
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    I'll add pictures of the potential parents if you like.
    (I can't tell you how hard I just tried to persuade my husband to have you add a couple of buutercup pullets to your Ideal order. It didn't work. Any chance you'll be ordering more later on?)
     
  9. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you get a used incubator, Spray clean it with a water/bleach solution then let the incubator dry it out by turning it on. By doing this there will be no mold or bacteria growing. Allow 48 hours to get a good temp. Add amount of water to the trays after the first 24 hours. After the eggs are in, the temp will rise a little due to the incubation process. Do not lower the setting too much. If the temp spikes one way or another, it may be low on water. Good luck.
     
  10. plreef

    plreef Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Odds are we'll order more later in the season. I'll let you know. And by all means post the pics of the papa and mamas tomorrow so everybody can see them!!
     

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