I set up my incubator on Monday (in the kitchen) and I am praying that some of them hatch! I felt like I had no idea what I was doing so I spent a lot of time on my laptop Googling on Monday. I ordered the eggs off of eBay. I wanted some new kinds to add to my flock and the hatchery I went through for my march order was sold out of some of what I wanted. I ordered 8 Black Copper Maran eggs, and 6 Olive Egger eggs. The sellers were kind enough to add plenty of extras! They all arrived intact so I was ecstatic. Last year I ordered some off of eBay and put them under a broody hen and that worked out great! The best broody hen I have is my Silkie. I can’t recommend them enough! She is actually sitting on 3 banty eggs as we speak. Poor girl doesn’t go too long before she has to go sitting on some.
Back to the subject at hand! I am using the Farm Innovators 4200. Love it! So easy to set up. Plus the foam interior is protected by a hard shell exterior. There are temp and hygro gauges on the top as you can see in the pic. I bought it off of Amazon.com for a good price. I also purchased another temp and hydro gauge made by Meade. Works perfectly! I just set the included probe from the gauge on the eggs and then I can compare the different gauges to make sure my eggs are at a close temp of 99.5. The hygrometer is essential so that I know I am not adding too much water.
Apparently I am ultra paranoid because I also found myself taking our forehead thermometer and swiping the eggs to see their exact temp.
I feel like a new mom who has no clue what they are getting into and tries way to hard to make sure everything is perfect for the upcoming baby. But don’t worry I won’t be decorating the brooder when they hatch out!
I will keep you all updated on their progress. I plan on candling them this weekend!