why's it difficult when it matters???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bantam Chase, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    SC PA
    I have the incubator stabilizing right now for a test batch before I order my REAL eggs - BLRW, BCM and some frizzled EE. I"m reading how to do this properly - good lord, and now my head is spinning. I've hatched a zillion button quail before just for fun... here's how.

    #1 - Drag LG incubator out of storage, set on freezer in damp basement and turn on. Stick walmart digital thermometer in, keep turning knob until temp is around 100.
    #2 - clean out quail cages. take ALL eggs from all cages and put in the bator. Who cares how much poop is on them or how long they've been in there...
    #3 - turn eggs maybe once or twice a day. Adjust temperature knob 3 times daily. Move incubator to get to food in freezer.
    #3 - replace batteries in thermometer, panic over 104 degrees. Eh, keep going and see what happens, wonder how long the tray has been dry????
    #4 - hummm, its been close to a month, eggs should be hatching soon.
    #5 - Celebrate over 90% hatch rate, wonder what to do with 30 quail....

    They quail was a fun experiment that I repeated successfully several times. I didn't care how many hatched, just wanted to see what would happen. Some days they didn't get turned, other days maybe 3 times. HUGE temperature fluctuations and no mind to the humidity. Ok, maybe not quite this bad, but a lot was done incorrectly. I"m stressed about mail-ordering expensive eggs for fancy chickens and want as many as possible to hatch (hence the test-run) - not sure if I want to do them in the cartons, hand turn, buy an automatic turner (bator is at my parents - I'm there daily but there'd be about a 15 hour stretch w/out being turned), yada yada yada - oy! Remind me again that this is FUN and that an egg is just a chicken waiting to hatch! Anyone else psyc themselves out like this?
  2. Christie Rhae

    Christie Rhae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Big Island, Hawaii
    yup.... [​IMG]
  3. judial8907

    judial8907 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2011
    I do it all the time. I have decided that this is going to be my last hatch for the year [​IMG] We'll see what happens [​IMG]
  4. Bantam Chase

    Bantam Chase Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2011
    SC PA
    The quail were easy - "if they hatch they hatch" mentality. Even these test eggs (RIR x BR) don't really matter, its the hatch afterwards, but already I'm biting my nails!

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