Set my first eggs today

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Airplaneguy57, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. Airplaneguy57

    Airplaneguy57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its on. I placed my first eggs in my homemade bator. The temp is stable at 99.5 with the humidity at 55%. Since I don't have an automatic turner I will be doing it by myself. Lock down will be on day 15. How will I check the temp and humidity when they are on lockdown?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    are you going quail or chicken?

    If it's chickens... lockdown is day 18.

    Good luck!

    (I'm a couple days ahead of you, hatching on Feb. 15th.-- 7 eggs under a broody.)
     
  3. Airplaneguy57

    Airplaneguy57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are buff orps. I just found out we have really cold temps hitting Tuesday. Sure hope my bator can keep the temps up.
     
  4. farmerlor

    farmerlor Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hey, I threw my first eggs of the season into the incubator today too! 'Course my eggs are turkey eggs so I'm in it for 28 days but I cracked a few and found they were fertile so I figured I might as well get the 'bator fired up and start in on the season.
     
  5. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! What did you build your bator out of? I'm running my home made one too - should hatch Feb 3/4.[​IMG]
     
  6. Airplaneguy57

    Airplaneguy57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our favorite rich uncle Sam got rid of some mini fridges. So took one of the nicer ones removed the compressor, modified the ice Trey area where I mounted the 100 watt bulb thermostat and computer fan. In the very bottom I have a pan with a sponge. I must add I learned everything on this site. After I get this hatch done I'm going to try some midget white turkeys.
     
  7. justmeandtheflock

    justmeandtheflock Overrun with ducklings :)

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    Good luck [​IMG] I set mine on Wednesday.
     
  8. saltandpepper

    saltandpepper Out Of The Brooder

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    Good Luck with your eggventure. I'm very new at this so I have to ask what do you mean when you say lockdown? My husband and I are getting ready to try and incubate our first batch .
     
  9. nwfl

    nwfl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first eggs of the year went in at 3 today. I wld go nuts if I couldn't view my temp and humidity through a window! Happy hatching. I love my buff orps! This batch is EE olive eggs and silkies.
     
  10. Airplaneguy57

    Airplaneguy57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lockdown for chickens are day 18. That is when the turning stops temps and humidity must be kept steady. Day 21 is the hatch day if all goes well. I have a hasp so I can lock door to keep the courious out. There is one thing I didn't consider. I have one rooster for 17 birds. I wonder if he took care of all the ladies so to speak.
     

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