THE Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco Thread; Hatches, etc. (PICS)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jmc, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. immyjay54

    immyjay54 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2011
    That is just great. I'm really happy for you. About the same % as my last one was. 13 eggs, 3 were infertile and 10 hatched out 10 healthy babies now 4 weeks old today. lol
  2. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Well, i am on day three now with another setting of 48 eggs (i have 3 O20E s). Since Nov 12 I have hatched out 141 beautiful baby chicks. Actually, i hatch in a hova 1588. I am still learning, of course, with all this incubation stuff. But at least my experience so far is that the O20E is really good..........and to think ours only cost 100.00 each. They have already quite paid for themselves! I keep selling baby chicks!

    i saved money and didn't bother with the turner. i like to be involved in the process a bit. i must also add that i find the O20E a visually appealing unit. Looks really nice filled with eggs!

    I am very glad 'my' thread has had such a long life; and i hope it continues...'forever', let us say [​IMG]
  3. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Aha, I see you do not actually have the O20E bator,which is the topic of this thread, actually.

    However, I never add any spare towel, cloth, felt or whatever to absorb bumps. I even do incomplete rows without anything at the end, and the eggs don't fall over.....GENTLE NOW.....!

    You don't need that stuff, unless you are tossing your bator up into the air or something! Think of what the eggs go through when the hen turns them and they topple over one another. Besides the instructions mention that a bit of 'egg rocking' is nothing to worry about. From my experience of hatching almost continuously with three O20E s for the past 6+ months, I feel I have no need to EVER add 'cushion' material...

    Now let's keep those OCTAGON 20 ECO posts a-comin'

    (I have repeatedly suggested that people start threads like this one for their own 'breed' of bator, but none or almost none have done so) [​IMG]
  4. WyoChickenMamma

    WyoChickenMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2011
    Thanks for the info. Sorry I posted here, guess I got excited about the octagon 20 part and didn't notice the eco.
  5. Squawkbox

    Squawkbox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 25, 2011
    Where I live it is relatively dry plus I run a wood stove in the house, so that makes it worse. Hmm, I think the vent was open when I got that reading. I have some yellow felt, so maybe i'll do some experimenting.

    How much do you all leave the vent open for the first 18 and then for lockdown?

  6. babymakes6

    babymakes6 Gifted

    Feb 24, 2009
    far west Ohio
    I leave the vent open all the way until lockdown, and then I close it completely.
  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    the eggs tend to fall over if you don't put something there to help stabilize them.. paper towels work well and can be thrown out after the incubation period is over.. the paper towels don't come in contact with he water wells if they are used to stabilize the eggs.. so they would have no real bearing on humidity
    I don't have the humidity pump.. so I can't say how it would work (no idea if it drips or sprays or just what).. so you would have to take that into consideration if it does drip or spray.. however if it would happen to make the paper towels wet then there should be a sensor of some sort as it's supposed to monitor humidity
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I've been hatching in the Brinseas for awhile and have several which were running pretty much non-stop.. I own several of them and have also sent several to the dump for being defective with frayed wires.. so it's not like I just started incubating in them last week..
    for the record.. eggs CAN fall over and crack in an incomplete row and that's with the normal turning of the autoturner..... shipped eggs can also have thinner shells which CAN make them more fragile..

    I've also seen broody hens break a lot of eggs.. just because Brinsea says that eggs banging around won't hurt them does not make it a fact.. along with hairline cracks.. the jarring of eggs can also cause early embryo death..

    since the papertowels do not harm the egg or the hatch rate it's better to add them than to regret it later if the eggs to happen to fall.. and for the record.. even though I have been tempted to throw a few of the Brinseas against a wall.. I have never done it yet

    but to each his own... add them for peace of mind or don't and risk cracked eggs or early embryo death.. the choice is up to who ever owns the bator and the eggs
  9. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    no need to apologize.. Brinseas are all pretty much the same .. made by the same company and designed to hatch eggs.. many of the people who posted in this thread have owned one or more.. and not all were the eco 20's

    I've owned way too many of them and several of their models .. and even though they are not my favorite bator (mainly because of defective parts, frayed wires and bad customer service) many people are happy with them
  10. chick4chix

    chick4chix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    So Cal
    I'm on day 20 now- shouldn't I be seeing pips by now? Yesterday I thought I heard a chirp or two, but today jus the fan. I thought I'd wake up to at least a few pips- anything wrong? Should I open and check?

    I am editing this to say, I checked another thread for others who had no pips on day 20- and they pipped AND hatched on day 21 and 22- so I guess I'll keep sitting on my hands:)
    Last edited: May 4, 2012

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