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Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:41 pm
by Bigfoot
warped04 wrote:Humidity solved. I know the temps are right. So you should be good. I had forgotten about the turning.

What are you hatching?


Some mixed breed bantam eggs. Lady is keeping 4 dozen eggs out for me. Should have them by Wednesday.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:53 pm
by warped04
Nice. Good luck and enjoy!!

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 8:39 pm
by dun
I made basket that a number of eggs could be placed in with the small end down. To turn them you just flip the basket from side to side. When you're doing a lot of eggs it sure saves time. I also put a small x on one side so I can tell if one has slipped in the basket. Or if I am doing them in multiple batches I write the setting date on one side with a pencil

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 9:30 pm
by farmerjan
Yeah, temp at 99-100 , and the water for humidity up to the ring then increase (usually it's double) 2-3 days before hatch. Turn the eggs at least twice a day as you figure the hen is turning them 3-5 times a day just as she moves a little. We turn morning and night. Keeps the embryo from "sticking" to the side of the shell. We use x's on the shell but whatever works. In the ones with the motorized turner they are turned much more frequently. Once you up the humidity on day 19, close the incubator and do not open and do not turn the eggs. Make sure they have enough room so that the chicks can pip eggs and get out. We take the eggs out of the auto turner and just lay them flat for the last 2-3 days. Due to our crazy work schedules we went to the auto turner, so we get chicks from the purebred show birds. I still try to set the hens whenever I can.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:09 pm
by Rafter S
A couple of people mentioned marking the eggs. If you do that, be sure to use a pencil. I used a Marks-a-lot on some back about 30 years ago. That didn't turn out well.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:16 pm
by Craig Miller
The temperature fluctuations will be your biggest enemy on that incubator. Make sure it's not near an outside door and turn your eggs a couple times daily.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:53 pm
by slick4591
Bigfoot wrote:
slick4591 wrote:Does the incubator have a fan?


No sir.


In that case I recommend moving the eggs around when you turn them. Those incubators are known for hot spots. If you can rig a 2" computer fan inside it will keep the temps even throughout.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 9:56 pm
by farmerjan
I use sharpies all the time on the eggs and have no problem with the hatchability. In fact I use a sharpie, put a circle around the middle of the egg so that the one hen I have can sit and I just take out the eggs from the other hens so she only incubates "her eggs" This is a hen that will not set anywhere but in the "big coop". Tried moving her several times and she will quit. So I just let her set where she is, mark the eggs and the day or so before they are due to start hatching, will put a piece of thin plywood in front of the box to cover about 3/4 of it so no one else can go in and she can hatch. Pain in the.... but she will hatch more eggs than anyone else. As soon as she is done I can move her into a "setting hen house" with the chicks and she is fine. But we don't use a regular magic marker, just a sharpie. Most people will use a pencil, but it will wear off and when we set multiple breedings, it can be hard to distinguish them when we move them into sections for hatching in the incubator.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:47 pm
by Bigfoot
Got 48 eggs in the incubator, so I guess in 21 days we'll know something.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:01 pm
by M-5
Bigfoot wrote:Got 48 eggs in the incubator, so I guess in 21 days we'll know something.


I found my Book (so to speak) my wife reminded me I loaned the incubator to the lady at the feed store about 4 yrs ago , She has since closed down and I assume took the incubator and turner with her along with the leaflet . Oh well thought I could help.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:05 am
by Bigfoot
Eggs have been in for about 9 days. Are they far enough along to be candled?

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:35 am
by dun
Bigfoot wrote:Eggs have been in for about 9 days. Are they far enough along to be candled?

Yes

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:12 am
by Bigfoot
dun wrote:
Bigfoot wrote:Eggs have been in for about 9 days. Are they far enough along to be candled?

Yes


There too brown to tell much, and a maglite was all I had to work with.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:51 am
by slick4591
Were you in a dark room?

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:21 am
by Bigfoot
slick4591 wrote:Were you in a dark room?


Lights were off, but it was pretty light. I'll get in a closet, or do it at night