Yes, I'm a newbie and I'm willing to ask....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gottaknow, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. Gottaknow

    Gottaknow New Egg

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    Hello All, I'm new to the club,,,,well, new to my first chicken club![​IMG]
    I'm a first timer trying a styrofoam incubator.
    . I purchased some beautiful blue EE eggs to use in the one my father used. I know he used it about 3-4-5 times and he had no problems. I however, had boyfriends and dates on my mind an chose to care less and not pay a lick of attention about how the use this thing...EXCEPT how this thing with a little effort to be converted to a beer chest for the pool!

    Now, I did read the incubator 101 post and did get some good points but I just want to ask more. Please forgive me if I ask something that is already posted somewhere...[​IMG]

    I put eggs in around 9pm on Monday. Only time I opened it was to quickly drain water in bottom....

    1. What and why do you mark the RINGS around the eggs and should I

    2. I DID add water to the bottom and drained it out this evening. Humidity is now 47 it had been 70-64 prior to water removed. Oh, I have the only plug out.

    3. On day 18 I take out my turner and place eggs on rack, right? And don't open!

    I'm sure I have more but this is a start.
    I am soooooo Adamant about this hatch going as perfect as I can get because my father just passed away and as I said it was his. I kinda feel a little closer to him when I mess with it..[​IMG] I
    appreciate anyone's help and thanks for taking time out from your additions to help another!,,,

    Tresea in Oklahoma
     
  2. amynrichie

    amynrichie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I highly recommend going back to read the Hatching Eggs 101 article again and again, and again! I've only hatched 3 times now, but I learn something new EVERY time I re-read that article. All of the information I posted above was taken directly from @Sally Sunshine 's article.

    Good luck, and welcome to BYC!
    Amy
     
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  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    Welcome!! here is some other info! Amy great help! Your welcome to join us as well on the thread listed at the bottom!





    TURNING ITS IMPORTANT


    TURN MORE THAN 3 times a day!! post #22178

    THERMOMETERS, HYGROMETERS & CALIBRATION

    Thermo/hygro suggestions post #13998
    HEAT SINKS/ Stones/Pebbles ADD THEM TO STYRO! post #43903
    Calibration is a MUST:

    WHY YOU SHOULD CALIBRATE and link to HOW: post #545 also see calibration in Hatching Eggs 101 TEMPS SECTION

    INCUBATION TEMPERATURE

    ADD a LEGO to your dial of cheap styro bator to make minor adjustments! GENIUS post #38133
    Incubators with fans and without fans need to run at DIFFERENT TEMPS! post #31175

    HUMIDITY Humidity is NOT a set number!

    Its a tool to get the correct weight loss in the egg! post #8924 see Hatching Eggs 101

    WHY do we need less humidity to get the best weight loss for colored hatching eggs during incubation? post #36320
    KEEPING MOLD and BACTERIAL from growing in water WELLS during incubation post #1644
    TIPS n TRICKS to raising humidity in incubators post #42512


    LOCKDOWN, DAY 18, CANDLES, PIPS, ZIPS

    MARKING AIR CELLS DAY 18, DRAW DOWN, INTERNAL PIP, EXTERNAL PIP, and ZIPPING post #35770
    Pips and ZIPS ARE NOT THE SAME PATIENCE is a MUST!




    UPDATE:


    I have pulled extremely helpful NOTES, LINKS &


    Informational Post Links from the Incubation w/ Friends thread


    for EVERYONE'S convenience and will continue to put them HERE:


    Here is the thread Link, come join us!

    www.backyardchickens.com/t/1046313/incubating-w-friends-come-hatch-learn-chat-meet-new-friends/0_100
     
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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