Styrofoam Incubators Club

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by beetandsteet, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. Hovabator

    43 vote(s)
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  2. Little Giant--manual controls

    14 vote(s)
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  3. Little Giant--digital controls

    39 vote(s)
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  4. Farm innovators

    28 vote(s)
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  1. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY! I just put 23 eggs into lockdown this afternoon. 1 already rocking (wooop!)
     
  2. Coreenelane

    Coreenelane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I must have the temprature stabilized and humidity ok. This is day 14 and 10 out of 12 are deffinately progressing. I can see movement in over half and the rest are brown eggs and the inside is a dark , good size blob. I thought the temp. got way to hot and found out the digital thermometer was reading high than it really was, so I didn't cook the eggs . The air cells have gotton larger too! Now I'm happy! Incubator 2 that wasn't as warm as it needed to be also lookin good. Did add several more marked eggs (Sultun & Silki) so now I need to really pay attention to my notes. So the eggs in #2 bator may be later hatching so do I keep lock down still on day18? I will remove the younger eggs out before lock down and transfer them to bator #1.
     
  3. tabinal

    tabinal Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a Farm Innovator forced air and I'm on my 2nd hatch day 21 which was consistent at 99 till the night of 17... I had a spike of 104 :( not sure how long it was there but I still have hope. One helpful hint I read here and used on my first successful hatch is to use press-n-seal plastic wrap in place of a tray liner. I had a huge mess with my first hatch and it made cleanup so easy. Since I only paid $20 for this with the turner, I feel like I have already got my value out of it
     
  4. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome! I would say go ahead and put the eggs into lockdown late day 18, but don't increase the humidity above 55% until you hear chicks peeping or see an external pip. Also I'd be careful to watch your air cells.
     
  5. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a great idea! I will use that on my next hatch. The styrofoam is really hard to clean.
    When the embryos are 17 days old, they're a lot tougher than when they were younger (that's why temperature spikes can cause a lot of early quitters). Let us know how your hatch went!
     
  6. tabinal

    tabinal Out Of The Brooder

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    Today is 21. I think I have 10 out of 14 pippers so far, but no zippers yet. It is driving me crazy. I need to go get groceries but I can't stand to leave.
     
  7. beetandsteet

    beetandsteet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel you! Around hatch time my face is glued to the incubator!
     
  8. throwntogether

    throwntogether Out Of The Brooder

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    Just plugged in a Farm Innovations 4250, first time ever trying to hatch. Glad I got on here and read all the comments. Already have some good advice and I am just making sure everything is stable. Let's hope for some sort of success on my first attempt.
     
  9. tabinal

    tabinal Out Of The Brooder

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    Good luck to you! Other things I've done is mark my water wells with marker and once I got stable temps mark that spot. Best advice I got was to throw away the instruction book.
     
  10. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    I hope you have purchased multiple thermometers, nothing worse then newbies depending on the installed one that is utter junk...
     

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