We just set our eggs! First time incubating!! I am a nervous chicken mama!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kelly77, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am very nervous!
    Still air / temps at w digi 93 and the one on the eggs reads 94 and humidity is 46 ..but hoping it goes up considering we had to open it to set them...we are looking for a temp of 100 and humidity in the 50's

    I think I am being to worried
     
  2. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Blue Farm

    Blue Farm Out Of The Brooder

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    Is that a still air, are is there a fan. 40 to 50 % is ok for humidity . but u will need to increase to 60 70 % percent last three days put a sponge in dish it will help keep levels running more even. and it doesnt make a difference how much water is in the dish its surface area that increases humidity so a larger dish are an additional one will raise it better. most of all have fun. what kind of chickens eggs are you setting.
     
  5. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are hatching Silkies, the mama hen is Silkie and Papa is Silkie mix
     
  6. satay

    satay oz-e-chick

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    I remember my first time incubating think i watched the bator like a hawk for 21 days lol. Now i have been doing it so long i forget to look at all til lock down. Good luck with your first hatch. Get ready to enjoy the excitement of when the new chicks start popping out of the shells.
     
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  7. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First night with them in our home-made bator, I am exhausted! I must have woken up every hour to check them...then at about 1am the temp went up to 102! Is this normal as the eggs heat up? I had to keep letting cool air in...I am feeling very frustrated that temps won't stable...How am I going to do this for 20 more days??
     
  8. dolly85

    dolly85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    102 won't hurt them, especially if the reading is at the top of the eggs. Make sure your temperature is stable in your house and there are no fans or drafts by the incubator. I prefer to run my still air between 101 and 102 (reading taken at the TOP of the eggs) and my hatches are great! If it stays consistently at 102 you can try turning the knob down just a hair and see if that helps. The heat tends to hold better when they are full of eggs.
     
  9. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Ditto good luck with your hatch
     
  10. kelly77

    kelly77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]So relieved ...thank you! I was stressing...
     

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