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Tips For A First Time Hatcher???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChickasaurusRex, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. ChickasaurusRex

    ChickasaurusRex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm getting my very first incubator soon (Brinsea Octagon Advance EX) and I'm planning on hatching chicken, duck, and quail eggs with it!!! Any advice you guys have for me on hatching these types of eggs? I'm sooooooooo excited!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. QuackerJackFarms

    QuackerJackFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats!!! Isn't it eggciting! My advice would be start with chickens before venturing into waterfowl. And when you're ready to hatch ducks.. head over to the duck forum for more specifics. They are a tad bit trickier than the chickens.

    Happy hatching!!
     
  3. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The waterfowl CAN be trickier, but the techniques are controversial depending on who you ask. I treat them exactly like I do my chicken eggs except I incubate them on their sides and manually turn them. The best advice is to practice patience. Much easier said than done I know. Also, use your own fertile eggs or at least cheap ones for your first try. Read up on dry incubation. It's all many of us use.
     
  4. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats! Thats exciting! I would start with chickens too. but does anyone know How long are eggs supposed to stay out from when you collect them till they go in the bator? I really should know this...
     
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  5. ChickasaurusRex

    ChickasaurusRex Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone! Any tips on temp and humidity settings for each type of bird?
     

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