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Incubator inspired
May 26, 2011
9:13 pm
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Birdi
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Quite awhile ago I watched Suzanne incubate eggs and was certainly envious.  I have himmed and hawwed for a long time and always talked myself out of it for one reason or another.  Nothing has changed any of the reasons for me except now I just really want to do this. A part of self sustaining I guess.  Partly also that there is quite a market here right now for laying hens... so I can practice.  I really want to hatch my own for next years season and at least I know that I could get rid of any extras if I had to. Thanks Suzanne for the inspiration.

I bought the incubator Tuesday.  I'll put the first ones in this coming Tuesday.  I am wicked excited!!

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May 27, 2011
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mammaleigh
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It is so exciting to watch life come out of those eggs! I have bought chickens and grow attached to them but the one that we hatched out I fell in love with! Watch out for chicken math and the addiction that comes along with having them!

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

May 27, 2011
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Suzanne McMinn
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Birdi, hatching chicks is so much fun!!  You will love it.  Let us know how it goes.

Clover made me do it.

May 27, 2011
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My hubby bought me an incubator for a late birthday present. We hurriedly...i repeat hurriedly loaded.  Then the next day realized the temp was too hot................thought we would have scrambled babies. waited and watited...................after 23 days, no babies.  So make sure you read the directions. We have tried again. Can't wait. Question: did you wash your eggs before you put them in?  Does it make a difference?

May 27, 2011
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mammaleigh
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I don't wash them off, just wipe with a dry towel to get anything off that might be on there. The hen when she lays the eggs put a protective layer around it against bacteria. At least that is what I have heard.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.  The world owes you nothing.  It was here first."  ~Mark Twain

May 27, 2011
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Yes that's true mammaleigh, it's called the "bloom" and if you ever get to an egg just after it's been laid, you'll see a very faintly shiny film that seals over the porous shell just slightly.  Even if you wash the eggs before cracking them for eating, it's recommended to NOT wash them before putting them in the incubator.  Washing them can actually open the pores up and cause them to get contaminated by bacteria.

Try to use eggs that are gathered clean, but if they're dirty, just wipe them off gently.  If you must use water, be sure that it's between 90 - 120 degrees, even when just wiping with a wet corner of a towel. 

Anytime you use water on them, hot water causes the contents of the egg to swell slightly which creates enough pressure to prevent bacteria from entering the shell during washing.  Lucky for me, my eggs are almost never dirty because my hens are really good about using the nest boxes and I keep them clean with fresh shavings in them.

I've had hens in the past that just would NOT use nest boxes and while there are tricks you can do to encourage them, sometimes it just does no good. 

Located in N.E. Ohio

May 27, 2011
10:34 pm
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shannan
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Good luck with your incubator!! I love mine. I have guinea eggs in mine right now. This is a first for me so I hope the hatch. My chicken eggs usually do really well. I don't wash my eggs either.

May 28, 2011
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I have an incubator who doesn't hold its temperature, so we found ourselves a new winter project(built a new one.

Anybody ever had this.....a   broody turkey..and fertile chicken eggs, can I trow them under her..will that work?

I know turkey eggs need a slightly higher temp. so will the turkey be to "hot" for chickeneggs?

May 29, 2011
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Cheryl LeMay
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I don't think the turkey will be too hot.I have done that and so have others. Turkeys don't make the best mothers so watch them. The time I did that(and only once) my turkey hen killed the chicks as they hatched.I saw her do this-she'd bite them by the neck and fling them across the coop.But other people have had better luck with their turkeys hatching out other kinds of eggs.Mine recognized that they weren't turkeys and wouldn't tolerate them, but it must be an individual kind of thing.So be careful.

May 30, 2011
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Flatlander, how did you build an incubator? I am very curious. Where would I find instructions?

May 31, 2011
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we haven't built one, it is on our winterlist, the one I have is an old one, who came with the house...and doesn't work properly.

But I will take pictures when we start en make it into a posting.

June 15, 2011
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shannan
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Woo Hoo!  Nine guinnea keets hatched out last night! Got a few more eggs in there and keeping a watch on them. They are so cute!

June 18, 2011
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Oh I am so happy for you!         Congrats!  We are still going. 7 more days to go.  I tried candling them and they are really difficult to see. Hope all goes well.  I am wicked excited!  Yay, Shannon...hope you get more.

"simple pleasures make my heart smile"

June 26, 2011
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baby chicksMy first hatch is beginning!  Woohoo!  The third one just popped out.  2 more are pipping. I hate to go to bed now:) Thanks Suzanne for inspiring me.  I think you helped create a monster.

"simple pleasures make my heart smile"

June 29, 2011
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Runningtrails - Sheryl
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I would so love to hatch my own eggs! May do so this year or next spring.

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