Who uses a hatcher?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cackle, Apr 10, 2009.

  1. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wondered why people would use 2 incubators one to start off with and one to hatch. But now that I am on day 20 of my first hatch I wish I had a second incubator that I could have either moved half the eggs into or just bigger so it was not so crowded.

    Don't get me wrong I love the Brinsea but it is so crowded that I can't see how many have hatched or the eggs that have not hatched. I am thinking if I got a hovabator or made a styrofoam incubator I could use it for hatching.

    Why do you use a second machine to hatch and what difference has it made in your hatches?
     
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    The main advantage for me is that I can have staggered hatches and still maintain proper humidity for each, incubating and hatching. I have eggs with three or four different hatch dates, and I just move them over to the hatcher on day 18. I usually set everything on a monday so I can keep track of it, That gives me time to get the hatch out even is its a little late, and get the hatcher cleaned up and ready to go for the next batch. It allows me to set the eggs when they are fresher because I don't have to wait to get a full bator before I start the incubation.
     
  3. cackle

    cackle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jen,

    I did not think about that advantage. That makes sense and would work well for me because then I would not have 24 eggs hatching in the Brinsea. I just had to do the ultimate non no and pull out the hatchedd chicks. It was so crowded that the 2 silkie eggs that had pipped and halfway trhrugh zipping were stuck into the larger empty shells. Hopefully I did not compromise the other 12 eggs.

    I could do like you and stagger the hatch and not hatch bantam sized eggs with the lager eggs.

    This is a first for me so I am still learning. I just hate for the eggs to pay for my mistakes.

    Susan
     
  4. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    Just don't get ahead of yourself and start incubating in the hatcher, then you have too many incubating to have a dedicated hatcher, and you know what that means.... it means I need another incubator!
     

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