which Incubator? Do I Set The Eggs?

Discussion in 'Ostriches, Emu, Rheas' started by Yoda, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read on The Sheriff's website that Fluctuations of a half degree can spell disaster. So I have eggs coming but am afraid to open the incubator and turn the eggs cause that will let out the heat [​IMG] So can someone tell me or show me how to use an egg auto turner for Emu eggs? I have a hovabator 1602N [​IMG] Will that incubator do? I was looking at this but not sure if it would work? Please let me know if either ones will work? Here is a link to this one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exo-Terra-D...392?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item484328e338
     
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  2. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    If your incubator has a fan, then the hovabator should be fine. I hand turn my eggs, they are very large and unless you buy emu egg slots, no turner will fit them. Don't worry about opening the bator, it takes temp changes for a good bit of time to affect them. Hand turning is best anyhow for them. They should stay about 97 degrees at 33 percent humidity. I don't use the water chamber, I fill a plastic cup 1/2 way or less to keep the low humidity.

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  3. flyweed

    flyweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    opening your bator to hand turn also lets in plenty of fresh/new air for the eggs...as Emu eggs need plenty of oxygen, so I don't worry about opening my bator at all, and have never had a problem. In fact I open it 3 times a day to turn the eggs 180 degrees.

    Dan
     
  4. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks guys the eggs will be here by the end of the week I hope [​IMG]
     
  5. Yoda

    Yoda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do I set the eggs like I do chicken and peafowl pointy side down for 8-12 hours or just keep on the sides?
     
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  6. flyweed

    flyweed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No....you just lay them on their sides...NOT pointy side down.
     
  7. Irine

    Irine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just received today Hova bator Genesis 1588. very nice unit,quite large,12V- which will be economical,includes thermostat. I will be setting some eggs soon
     

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