Hi again Nut 1975
Thanks for that. Actually I just snagged one last night so hopefully it will not take too long to arrive. I thought the clear lidded one would be better so I can keep an eye on them hatching instead of having to open the solid lid.
I have also seen those thermometers but did not realise that it kept a record of the high and low temperatures. I was just looking at a cheaper basic one that a few other people have bought however I think now I will order one of these ones. Thanks.
I also had read others mentioning wrapping the incubator a bit to reduce fluctuations. Any other suggestions? You seem quite happy with yours. I might have to pester you when it arrives if I have any queeries or problems. Now I just need the girls to start laying and to make some breeding yards for the ones I want to cross.
Any plans for setting more soon?
When I go mine I couldn't help myself and put the eggs in without the Thermometer and set it using the nob. Roughly 37.8c. The Thermometer arrived 5-6 days later( takes a long time to get delivered but worth it) and the temp in the incubator was 37.7 at the top of the eggs. The temperature varies alot from the bottom of the egg to the top. I tried to keep the temp at 37.7 at the top of the egg.
Some mornings the temp was around 36c because of the cold nights so I then started wrapping it towels and sheets.
The humidty was pretty easy to control... just add some water every 2 days... about 200mls... depends alot on outside conditions.
I just gently moved my hands over the eggs and rolling them ... I wasn't too concerned to rotate exactly 180degrees... my theory was the Chickens wouldn't ! and it was quicker and easier.... and I did it 3-4 times a day.
the flooring is a bit hard on the newbies when they hatch so I put some plastic mats in when they started hatching. Next time I will do it at day 18.
I'm no expert... lol...