test run - first time hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by heksa, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. heksa

    heksa Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Hi, my Brinsea incubator was shipped today.
    I have preordered a bunch of "fancy" eggs for later this year.
    Should I do a test run with my own eggs, before I put $80 worth of eggs in there?
    Would you?

  2. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    I think that is a great idea!
  3. Yes I would, there is a learning curve with every incubator.

  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    That's exactly what I'm doing! DH and I built an incubator just before Christmas and I wanted to test it on eggs that don't matter before ordering eggs to be shipped. I can't have a rooster since I live in city limits, so instead I browsed Craigslist and every time someone posted eggs for sale, I called and asked if they have a rooster. I finally found a lady with fertile eggs and she was nice enough to collect them for me before they froze and even stored them big end up for me! After she'd collected a couple dozen she called me to pick up. I set them 15 days ago and when I candled at day 10 almost all of them were developing and moving. It was very exciting.

    For me, testing it on eggs with the most chance of hatching (i.e. because they haven't been shipped) seemed the best way to ensure the incubator is working as it should. If I had got eggs in the mail and they didn't hatch, I wouldn't have known if it was because the incubator wasn't working or because the eggs were scrambled in transit.
  5. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Testing on your own eggs first will get you and the incubator ready.working out the kinks and what not.
    Plus if your chickens are all running together you will get some interesting chicks.
  6. heksa

    heksa Songster

    Jun 21, 2010
    Great! It's decided! [​IMG]
    I'm signing up for February hatch-along. [​IMG]
  7. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    Have fun and good luck. [​IMG]

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