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Questions....lots of questions

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by StateLine DG, Mar 27, 2009.

  1. StateLine DG

    StateLine DG New Egg

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    Okay...you all are going to have to bear with me here! I want to learn as much as possible before I go out and buy an incubator and try to hatch chicks.

    1. What temp does the bator need to be at? (99.5-102 correct? this will be with a Little Giant 9200 Still Air)
    2. Humidity?
    3. From my understanding...from day 19 the humidity needs to raise, right?
    4. For turning eggs...2-3 times a day?
    5. I've read to use a mat or something like that if hand turning eggs?

    I've got a decent idea on most of these...but I want to make sure. I will be getting a book soon on raising/hatching chickens.

    Some post hatching questions:
    6. If shipping...what age do you ship them out?
    7. At what temps can you ship chicks? I know we're coming into shipping season...all the places around here are getting chicks in.

    I'm sure I'll think of more!! [​IMG] Thanks in advance!
     
  2. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Quote:Ok I will try to help. Most people who have a still air run it at 101. If you get one with a fan 99.5.

    Humidity is really dependent on where you are and where your eggs come from. Again most people just use 35%-45% for the first 18 days and then raise it to a min of 65%.

    Turning...if you use an odd number then they won't sit with the same side over night 2 nights in a row. The min is twice a day.

    Some people use gloves when turning, I also put a shelf liner in the bottom of the bator, but that is really for hatching so they have a better grip when stumbling around after hatching.

    Shipping- right after hatching..day old, if you don't do it then you will have wait until they are much older. I think teenager.

    I am not sure what you mean by what temp can you ship chicks. Do you mean outside temps? You CAN ship anytime of the year, but you take a chance on them freezing.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to use the search feature on here, I know I have worn it out!

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