tips for farm innovators model 4200

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ebeppe1788, Feb 26, 2016.

  1. ebeppe1788

    ebeppe1788 New Egg

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    I'm looking for tips on how to get the best hatch rate for chickens in my incubator. I've attempted this 2 other times and the best hatch rate I've gotten is about 33 %.I'm open for any suggestions I just wanna Learn the best way to do this. I don't use the automatic egg turner as of now and I try to keep the humidity around 40-50% and temp between 99-100 and that's about all I got so far. I'm not sure if your supposed to use the vent clips or not I've read a little about both ways to do it. Also heard different ways to run the incubator after day 18. I'm warming up the incubator as we speak so I can hopefully put eggs in it in about 6 or 7 days and it boils down to I'm a newbie and don't know enough about this. Thank you for your help.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    [​IMG] I would highly recommend trying a low humidity incubation (if you are not in a high elevation) and monitoring the air cells to know if and when to adjust humidity. You can learn more about it here: http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity I use this method with 90% + hatches. I also leave my vents open for the entire incubation. (If you leave them closed or one closed for incubation, make sure they are open for the hatch. Turning is best done either 3 or 5 times a day. I usually only get in 3 turns. I believe your incubator has a fan, right? So temps are good at 99.5-100F. If you have never checked your thermometers/hygrometer for accuracy do that first. Seriously that is important. If they are off and you don't know it, it can be detrimental to your hatch. I never rely on one either. I don't incubate with less than 2 and normally use three. If they don't coincide w/in tenths of a degree, I investigate. Never trust the thermometers that come in the bators until they have been checked. Most people stop turning at day 18, I stop at the end of day 13. Day 18 the humidity gets highered. If you are hands off and are not going to open the bator during hatch you should be able to easily run at 65% w/o a problem. If you are not a hands off hatcher, (that would be me) I'd shoot for 70%+ (I prefer 75%).

    There is no right way/wrong way, but many that have had bad hatches and have tried this method have had much better. @kuchchicks was having results like yours until she tried this method. Now she has great hatches. There is no guarentee no matter what you try, it's a matter of trial and error, but it's definitely worth a try. Good luck.
     
  3. ebeppe1788

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    Thank you for the info I read through it last night and it's very helpful. I will deff let you know how it goes for me once I hatch out this batch.
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I'm very curious to see if you have improvement.
     
  5. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Well, Amy, my friend from the days of Gilligan - remember that sweet little duckling? - I just bought one of these Farm Innovators 4200's (automatic turner and fan) and I'm a tad apprehensive. I may be bending your ear from time to time.....I tried the Hatching Friends thread but this geriatric brain couldn't keep up and so many answers seem to end up buried. <sigh> I have a Brinsea Eco 20 but MyPetChickens decided they really like me and the 9 eggs I ordered plus the 12 that @LocalYokel won and gifted to me somehow became 15 in one box and 13 in the other - too many eggs, not enough incubator! [​IMG]Hope I can figure this thing out....right now the eggs are just sitting, waiting for air cells to settle and do their thing while Ken tries to get the temp and humidity up in the Farm Innovators.

    Anyway, wish me luck!!
     
  6. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    I have sadly only heard bad things of that professional incubator they're selling with the turner at TSC
    I think it's the farm innovator one , only mentions I've heard of it are fluctuations in temp.
    Maybe some have had no problems but I wish the best to those of you that have them.

    I would return it if I had bought it

    Just me and my two cents
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I do remember him! Do you still have him? He did make it, right? I hope so, I don't remember what happened, but I remember him. My mind is shot. I'd love to help in anyway I can. I also have a help thread you can find me on and lots of others who love helping. It's: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help we get decent usage but it's now so bad it's hard to keep up. :)
     
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  8. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    :fl :fl :fl
     
  9. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    Holy cow ya got a plethora of eggs there
     
  10. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    I've heard both decent and not so decent. It's not as bad as the LG 9300 that TSC sells. [​IMG] At least from the things I see....
     

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