Post #1 I've decided to create the ULTIMATE small scale hatchery in my garage. I'm a university student and I have some government start-up money for a small business, and I've decided to create the ultimate hatchery set-up, or at least the best one I can create. I've studied fine arts and education, and now I'm moving on to an new degree in urban sustainable agriculture. Yes, I want to make this into a small money making venture, but I also want to learn about improving hatch rates, especially of shipped hatching eggs. I want to share this experience with a community of both novice and experienced incubating enthusiast in the hopes they we can collectively discover new methods, and improve hatch rates. Share along with me as I test methods and create the hatch system I've been dreaming of. I'll try and post photos regularly. Tips & Advice always welcome! Current Equipment Set-up Plan: Storing Shipped Hatching Eggs *All items should be placed in the fridge and fridge set in a balanced location. This will hopefully create the ultimate pre-incubation storage system. Amount of egg turners will depend of your personal needs. 1 Digital Temperature & Humidity Monitor 1 Small/Mini Humidifier 1 Small/Mini Fan 1 Danby DWC172BL 17-bottle Wine Cooler (Temperature range of 6°C- 14°C (43°F - 57°F) 1-2 Hova Bator Automatic egg turners (Placed in fridge, set to rotate 2-3 times in 24 hrs) *The fridge temperature should be set to 55F-65F with 75% humidity. Incubator Chamber Cabinet *Cabinet enclosure that holds my incubators, designed to create a stable, controlled and clean environment around the incubators and hatchers. 1 Digital Temperature & Humidity Monitor 1 Homes HEPA Egg Air Purifier 1 Crane Warm Mist Humidifier (Average Humidity Maintenance) 1 Lasko Clip Stick Desk Fan *Ventilation and insulation also included and important. In a way, it's like an incubator within an incubator. Temperatures will be set to stable room temperature or higher, with a higher then regular humidity, 70-75% with the extra humidity for hatching within the incubator. Water Filtration & Dechlorination *For use in Humidifier and Incubators/Hatchers. Later for hydrating chicks. 1 Large Brita Ultramax Dispenser 1 Neutral Water Conditioner Pre-Incubation (Room Temperature Acclimatization) Place the eggs in the Incubator Chamber Cabinet, when settings have stabilized to synthesize a regulated room at "room temperature" 64°F to 73°F, and maintain at least 75% humidity. Incubators I am going to start with two Hova Bator 1588's, and two Hova Bator Automatic egg turners. I will also have several thermometer and hydrometer set-ups. I want to have many small capacity incubators for different hatch dates and experiments. I want to add two Brinsea 20 incubators in my rounds one upgrade. I may eventually secondarily upgrade to a cabinet incubator. 2 Hova Bator 1588 2 Hova Bator Automatic egg turners 2 Incu Therm Plus Hatch Monitor 2 Egg-o-Meter *Temperatures maintained at 99.5°F and a steady humidity of 86%. *Only using clean and filtered water for filling Hova Bator water basins. Bi-daily temperature checks and records taken. Incubators (First Upgrade) I plan to purchase 2 Brinsea Octagon 20 Advanced/Eco Incubators with the automated turner. (I feel the Advance EX, is not worth the money for some water feeding tubing). 2 Brinsea Octagon 20 Advanced/Eco 2 Brinsea Automatic Turning Cradles 2 IncuThermPlus Hatch Monitor 2 Egg-o-Meter The Hova Bators will then become my hatchers, lined with non-slip clean carpet grip material. Kept in the same Incubator Chamber Cabinet. Brooders My from XL-Ikea storage bins, seedling heater mats, and brooder bulbs. Simple, effective. Design Plans to come.