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Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 4:47 pm
by Bigfoot
I've got the little standard issue styrofoam incubator. The thing is as old as I am, but is holding temperature amazingly well considering it's age. I want to try to hatch some eggs. Recomended temperatures seem to vary a couple of degrees, as you search the web. What should my temp be set at? Also, do I need a moist sponge in there for humidity, or not?

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:01 pm
by warped04
If I remember correctly it's 100. You need a little humidity (40-50) until 3 days before hatch day then bump it up to 65-75.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:07 pm
by warped04
I'm also assuming chicken.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:14 pm
by Bigfoot
warped04 wrote:I'm also assuming chicken.


Yes, it's some chicken eggs. This is a pretty low tech incubator I'm working with. Humidity will probably be relegated by the humidity in the house, unless I add some. What would you do?

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:35 pm
by warped04
i haven't hatched in a long time, usually been buying them already hatched. The humidity is not supposed to be too high in the beginning because it will hurt the developing chicks but needs to be high in the end to help them break the shell.

I'd just go for it and realize your success rate might not be 100%. Remember hens do it without gauges and they make it work. I know that you can't drop below 99 and can't go above 103 degrees or they'll die.

21 day incubation.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:42 pm
by Bigfoot
warped04 wrote:i haven't hatched in a long time, usually been buying them already hatched. The humidity is not supposed to be too high in the beginning because it will hurt the developing chicks but needs to be high in the end to help them break the shell.

I'd just go for it and realize your success rate might not be 100%. Remember hens do it without gauges and they make it work. I know that you can't drop below 99 and can't go above 103 degrees or they'll die.

21 day incubation.


Noted. Thanks.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:45 pm
by slick4591
I run mine at 99.5 with 40% humidity until day19. Bump humidity up to 65-70% on day 19. Make sure your eggs are turned each day. I use an app on my phone called Hatch a Batch as it sets up reminders for you.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:53 pm
by Bigfoot
slick4591 wrote:I run mine at 99.5 with 40% humidity until day19. Bump humidity up to 65-70% on day 19. Make sure your eggs are turned each day. I use an app on my phone called Hatch a Batch as it sets up reminders for you.


All the literature for this thing has long since been lost. The thermometer has an arrow pointing to 99.5. Common sense told me to hold at that, but the net is all over the place. Some sources said add a wet sponge, and some did not. I think as I get near the end, I will put a sponge in. Thanks.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:01 pm
by M-5
I got the booklet , let me look for it

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:13 pm
by slick4591
Does the incubator have a fan?

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:18 pm
by Bigfoot
slick4591 wrote:Does the incubator have a fan?


No sir.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:23 pm
by dun
There should be 2 rings molded in the inside bottom of the incubator. Fill the smaller one with water until 2 days before hatching then fill the larger ring also.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:31 pm
by M-5
M-5 wrote:I got the booklet , let me look for it

It aiƱt where it's supposed to be so I gotta try and remember where I hid it from myself

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:58 pm
by Bigfoot
dun wrote:There should be 2 rings molded in the inside bottom of the incubator. Fill the smaller one with water until 2 days before hatching then fill the larger ring also.


Your right. There are. Thanks.

Re: Incubating some eggs?

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:22 pm
by warped04
Humidity solved. I know the temps are right. So you should be good. I had forgotten about the turning.

What are you hatching?