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Questions on incubating!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Jakrzz, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so I got a new rooster after I discovered the other one I borrowed was six years old and no longer 'interested' and he is wonderful! Today I got 6/8 eggs that were fertile! Anticipating this, I made a styrofoam incubator, because I know for a fact none of my hens would sit.
    It's got a 40 watt lightbulb, a small fan for circulation, a dish with water and a sponge for humidity, and enough room for a dozen fertile eggs!
    Few questions:
    1.) I just turned it on, with no eggs in it, planning to run it a day or two before I put the eggs in, how long will it take to get to the right temp and humidity?
    2.) I plan on collecting the dozen fertile eggs from a few select hens, so that's idk.. About 4,5, maybe 6 eggs.. So how do I store the soon to be hatching eggs before incubation? Turning? Etc
    Thank you!
     
  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

  3. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

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    Well thank you for the thread!
    But uhh it's been running for about an hour and I just went down to check the temp out of curiosity and it was 115• :eek:
    So I took off the lid and everything hardly felt warm. It's only a 40 watt bulb, and the thermometer is where the eggs would be.. Any ideas? Is this just the incubator regulating?
     
  4. naightengale

    naightengale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try a 25w bulb
     
  5. Jakrzz

    Jakrzz Out Of The Brooder

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    Yeah tried that too... Also tried a 50w red light.. Nothing. But this morning I tried a 25w reptile light and it seems to be stabilized at about 99-100, every now and then it says 102 but I poked decent sized holes and now it's back!
     

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