Saturday, February 25, 2012

Day 10 of incubation

Fully loaded with 42eggs. No signs of distress, all is well at the half way point. We will be selling the chicks when they hatch. So let us know if you are interested. 



Eric said...

Hey man.,
What is the incubator you are using? Would you recommend it for me to use? If so what are the "up's and down's" of it?

Mike said...

Hey Eric: Thanks for the comment. We are using the Little Giant Still Air Incubator. We also bought an automatic egg turner for it as well. I would recommend this incubator for the person who does a couple hatches a year.

It holds 42 eggs
It is small and can fit into any available space.
It has built in slots that you fill with water to control the humidity

Really needs to have the turner, which doubles the cost. We did buy one, which works really well.
The temperature can be very erratic depending on the room you place it in. We have ours in the office which is also a grow room for our veggies, so when the grow lights are on, the temp in the incubator increases.

We lost almost an entire hatch once before because we weren't watching the humidity of the incubator. During the last several days the humidity needs to be higher than the first 17 days, nearly double.

For the most part, if you are only going to use the incubator once a year and you have the time to keep a close eye on the temp and humidity, this incubator works well enough to have a successful hatch.

So I guess what I am trying to say is that you get what you pay for. If you want to have a hatch every month, it may be worth it to spend 2-3hundred on a nice circulating air incubator that comes with a fan and all of the digital monitors. But the little giant works well enough for the price we paid and how often we use it.

Hope that helps!

Eric said...

Thanks for your reply. It was very helpful. For I am only looking to do a few hatches a year, and it was good to hear your personal experience.
What do you do for sourcing your fertile eggs?

Eric said...

Thanks for your feedback! it was good to learn from your personal experience. Ill practice your advice

Where do you source your fertile eggs?

Mike said...

We don't really do anything special. We have a couple roosters for our 20+ hens and the fertility rates are pretty good. Greater than 75% usually. If you don't have a big population of birds you can just buy eggs from someone who has a flock with a couple roosters. I have found eggs on craigslist and used them before. Just beware of people selling 'hatching eggs'. People will charge more than $10/dozen when any fertile egg will do. They don't have to be labeled hatching eggs to have great fertility rates.

Mr. H. said...

Glad you shared that information with Eric, I was wondering the same thing. Best of luck with the chicks, if I hear of anyone that needs chicks I will send them your way.