We’re on Day 12 for the first batch of eggs that went into the incubator and Day 9 for the eggs in the other two incubators.
The HovaBator incubator arrived Tuesday, and was immediately set up, the eggs transferred from the other incubator and . . I’m hoping for good results but not very optimistic.
Wednesday night I decided to “fess up” and tell Vince about the little Brinsea incubator. Earlier, he had been looking online at hatching related items and he said “Can you believe anyone would pay $158 for those little round plastic incubators?” I totally ignored the question and he didn’t seem to notice the deer in the headlights look on my face. Just before bedtime, I said “I need to tell you something” and he said “I’m going to bed! Can’t it wait til tomorrow?” Yes, dear . . in fact, maybe I won’t even tell you at all!
Thursday, the solar panels had just been finished, everything was working perfectly, he was in a good mood and I decided that would be a good time to show him our little round plastic incubator. I said “I have to tell you something and you can’t be mad at me. Promise” and so the discussion began. He couldn’t believe I bought something and didn’t tell him. Oh, Vince . . poor sweetheart! 🙂
The little round plastic incubator is the Brinsea Mini Advance incubator and for short, I’ll just call it amazing! I bought it because it’s basically a ‘set it and forget it’ incubator. Wait til you read my report about what I’m seeing in there. Oh, I love this little thing already.
Incubator #1, which is the new Hova Bator, because it has the eggs in it that were first set: There are black copper marans, lavender marans, speckled sussex, olive eggers (all that came in the mail) and a couple of Dominique eggs from my chickens to use as a test. I don’t have much hope for any of these eggs. The first incubator was so hard to maintain the proper temp. So far, none of them have been tossed but I’m not seeing much activity when candling the eggs.
Incubator #2, which is the amazing Brinsea incubator that Vince can’t believe anyone would buy: It only holds 7 eggs. In there are 3 bielefelders, 3 australops and one Dominique from my chickens as the test. I will do a whole blog post on what’s happening in this incubator. It is eggciting!
Incubator #3, which is the Little Giant. It’s another styrofoam incubator and I haven’t had any problems with it but am having a lot of problems with the eggs in there. Not sure if it’s the egg, because the problem eggs all came from one package and the package arrived with a broken egg, so maybe they got a little too much shaking. Two of them, both Australorps, were oozing. I read that if you see a brown honey like substance forming outside the shells, get rid of them. That happened to two of them. Then yesterday, one of the olive eggs in there began dripping from the bottom. It had already stuck to the rack so it was a bit of a hassle getting it out without it cracking completely. Got that done, got it cleaned out . . I haven’t seen much activity in those eggs either.
The turkey eggs seem to be doing fine. I didn’t try to candle them (I’ll do a post on candling tomorrow) but so far, no problems.
In about 10 days, we should begin to see some signs of hatching . . if there’s going to be any hatching.