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setting 4 emu eggs tomorrow morning! checklist:

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by birdbrain5, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. birdbrain5

    birdbrain5 Songster

    Aug 2, 2010
    im using my homemade mini fridge incubator. i was going to use my hovabator1588 but im not sure they will fit in there, has anyone used a hovabator for emus?
    ive got my temp running steady at 97. i am getting another thermometer and hygrometer tomorrow so i can be sure its at 97.5 like i have read. also i was told to keep humidity at 28%. im calibrating my hygrometer tonight so i can read it accurately.
    i weighed my eggs tonight, and will probably weigh them again for good measure before setting them.
    im nervous! i dont want anything to go wrong. im also nervous about hatch time, providing im lucky enough to need worry. i've never hatched in my fridge before, i always moved eggs to the hovabator for hatch time because the fridge just isnt set up good and safe. this is my first time, and i dont know if im forgetting anything! any tips from yall who have hatched emus before?!

  2. msheets

    msheets Songster

    May 13, 2010
    Hurricane, WV
    Congrats! You sound like me a week or 2 ago lol, since then I've learned a lot of valuable info that I couldn't find online anywhere. Have you joined the HatchALong thread on here? It's full of experience, advice & the members in it are really helpful & just great! I just set 5 on the 3rd so our hatch dates are almost the same, maybe we can compare our weight loss or whatever data we get [​IMG]

    I'm not experienced enough to give advice since I don't want to tell you something inaccurate so I'll tell ya what I've gathered on here. I've been told 97.5 is perfect for emu so if you're temp stays at 97 point something then that should be good. It seems low 30s is what everyone shoots for with humidity so 28 I wouldn't think is harmful buuut I've read several places emu have stricter requirements then say chickens so maybe it's a tiny bit low? That's a good question, I hope others give their thoughts on that...

    I'm thinking the Hovabator 1588 is the one similar to the Little Giant, right? If so there are a couple members using modified LGs for emu eggs. If you trust your Hovabator more than your other bator then you could follow what others have done to use instead. I believe they added fans & styrofoam or some other insulation to make extensions so the top was higher. I use a Reptipro 5000, I really like it.

    My fingers are crossed that we both have some chicks in 50ish days to show off, I hope you can join us at the Hatch A Long thread I mentioned [​IMG]

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