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green04735
Bridgewater, ME

June 25, 2011
9:40 AM

Post #8653714

Looking at this on ebay. Hova bator 1602N with fan kit and turner(1611) and digital thermomter and hygrometer. 108.95 olus 18.78 S.H. Holds 40 eggs. Is this a good price and a good incubator for a beginner?
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

June 25, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8654118

Personally, I think it is an excellent investment. I love the Hovabator, in contrast though they look alike I hated the Little giant. I believe it is the best bator you can buy for the money...Just my opinion...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

June 26, 2011
1:48 PM

Post #8655958

I bought that one from ebay,don`t know if thats a good thing or not,now I need to tell dh
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

June 26, 2011
5:02 PM

Post #8656364

It's just my opinion Green, but I think you will be very happy with it...I have found mine to be very easy to use and it maintains temps and humidity as well as any I have used...For my money it was a great investment...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

June 26, 2011
6:15 PM

Post #8656468

Thanks Hay,I`m excited to get it.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 5, 2011
3:33 AM

Post #8673056

Hatch has started,due date was in two days so its a little early,have one pip.
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 5, 2011
3:27 PM

Post #8674413

Good deal.. that just means it was a little warm... just make sure the humidity is good and high! Good Luck!! Do keep us informed!!
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 5, 2011
5:43 PM

Post #8674662

How high should the hummidy be?
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 5, 2011
6:13 PM

Post #8674729

Seventy is a good humidity level. If you don't want to add water,try a sponge to bring it up...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 5, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8674788

ok
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 6, 2011
4:00 AM

Post #8675353

My new incubaotr came yesterday,it has a temp and humdity thermometer with it.I don`t have the humidity in the one I am hatching in now.The person I borrowed it from said just fill up both wells and don`t open it.She has hatched for years so I am doing what she said.I am almost tempted to put it in and check the humidity cause its been over 24 hours since this one has been chirping,I have no others yet that have piped.I have an acurite with the humidity reading for the house and our humidity is at 66 % in the house and will be rising as its going to rain this afternoon.The one that came with my new incu.is called incubator warehouse.com but the humidity is 6 points lower than the acurite in my home so which one is right?I know the acurite temp is right on because I bought another one just like it and had both in the incubator for a week and they read exactly the same temp.but had no humidity reader on it.Should I put this new one in and keep the humidity at 70% or just leave it alone?Remember this is my first time and am trying to do things right.
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 6, 2011
10:11 AM

Post #8676109

I haven't used that particular bator.. but I always try to jack up the humidity to at least 70 or 80... I have always used extra sponges but our area is totally dry.. a humid day for us is 20% :)

The eggs will "shrink wrap" if the humidity is too low. After "lock down" it's very important not to open it though. I have used a warm sponge to bring up the humidity quick if I did have to open it on lock down days.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 6, 2011
10:45 AM

Post #8676197

I put in the hummidity thing and it read 52% with wells full of water so I put in a sponge and its staying at 65%,but this one read 6 points lower than my home one when put side by side for and hour,so I`m going to leave things aloneHope the little guy thats been trying to hatch can do it
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 6, 2011
11:02 AM

Post #8676230

Green, if that pip has gone more than 24 hours, it is going to need your help in my opinion. Try to get the humidity up to at least 70-75. If you decide to try to help the one thats piped let me know and I will lead you through the proccess. It's not that difficult and you will soon become an expert mid-wife...LOL...Hay
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 6, 2011
11:14 AM

Post #8676258

Green this is the proccess that I use when helping trapped babies. Take a sharp object, ice pick, letter opener, fork prong. Break away the egg shell gently from the pip area. Break away enough so you can see if the albumen is shrink wrapped. If it is tear it very gently from the baby being careful to not pull hard enough to tear the babies flesh. If at any point you see liquid blood stop and put the egg back into the bator. If you only see hints of blood continue to gently break away the shell and again very gently pull the albumen from the baby. The albumen is very tough once shrinkwrapped so be very gentle. The baby has to cut off the blood supply and again if you see any liquid blood stop and put the egg back in the bator...Good luck to you and just remember sometimes with all our attempts to help they still don't make it...It's a learning proccess you are going to have to go through if your going to incubate...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 6, 2011
12:37 PM

Post #8676434

I have a chick buy not the one that I have been watching,the humidity is up to 67% now,its one of my chicks and it is big.The one I have been watching since last night has feathers sticking out and it rocking back and forth so it should not be long now.Hope I don`t have to do any of that stuff Hay,not good at it,I will call my daughter she has done that once before for one of her friends.This is so exciting,hope all that hatch are healthy
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 6, 2011
1:12 PM

Post #8676497

If one hatched, that should really help the humidity. When I have one that is shrink wrapped, I keep a damp paper towel close.. or even a wet q tip.. if you moisten the stuck on spots they will release much easier.

If it is pushing, that is great!!!!

I hope the humidity raises up now..
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 7, 2011
3:42 AM

Post #8677625

Have four babies this morning,one polish and three orps.Today is hatch day so hoping as the day goes on there will lots more hatching.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 7, 2011
5:50 AM

Post #8677752

Congratulations!

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

July 7, 2011
6:28 AM

Post #8677818

This was a very informative and exciting read! Congratulations Green! Will be waiting on more news!
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 7, 2011
8:27 AM

Post #8678024

I know Green you are one happy lady this morning. We are all so proud of this accomplishment. A big CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 7, 2011
9:37 AM

Post #8678176

Here are the four,one is a polish and the other three are blue and splash orps.

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porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 7, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8678397

Awww! So cute.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 7, 2011
2:07 PM

Post #8678694

I thought sure I would have all kinds of hatches today as it was day 21,only one polish has been trying to hatch all day,nothing form the rest of them,will give it two more days.
Light_for_Jesus

(Zone 6b)

July 7, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8678818

So what is your opinion of the incubator?
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 7, 2011
5:37 PM

Post #8679140

i`ll let you know in a couple days.LOL
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 7, 2011
7:23 PM

Post #8679345

I love the baby Polish! Look at that head! :) How cute!!! Love the lil chick toes too... Congrats!!
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
4:21 AM

Post #8679740

The one polish that was trying to hatch just could not do it,so I called my daughter to come and help it,she had done that before for a friend of hers and it worked out good.Took her 45 min.it was shrink wraped,I had turned the humidity up to 80% a couple hours before she came and it still couldn`t hatch so I called her.It started zipping on the pointed end to.I was really worried it didn`t look to good last night when I went to bed,I said a prayer for it and when I got up at 5 and looked this sweet little face was looking at me!Thank you God for answering my prayer.I did take pics of my dd I`ll post one.This is day 22 and not more pips,I still have 9 polish and 12 orp eggs.Will give them another 24 hours.I thought that my orp hatch would be small as the mail ride was awful,with broken eggs.But I was hoping for more than 3.
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8679742

Here he or she is

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green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
4:29 AM

Post #8679745

another

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green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
11:19 AM

Post #8680429

The one in the front is the polish that my daughter helped out of its shell,its not fluffed up yet but is dry so he is in with his hatchmates.No other pips so I guess thats it out of all them eggs,what a waste.

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green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
11:23 AM

Post #8680441

Tilley is fasinated with them

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green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 8, 2011
5:41 PM

Post #8681083

Poor little polish has pasty butt,just got him or her cleaned.
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 8, 2011
8:47 PM

Post #8681359

Get a clump of grass with a dirt ball in the brooder.. that will fix pasty butt in no time.

That is a good hatch for the first time! You are lucky to have gotten anything! I'm sorry you aren't happy with the results.. I know the feeling.
porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 8, 2011
9:10 PM

Post #8681378

I think you did well too. Are you hooked on hatching yet?
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 9, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8681598

Yes I am hooked,just told dh that I want to fill my incubator with as many eggs as it will hold from my own flock,keep some to replenish mine and sell the rest at a chicken swap to pay for the bator.ZZ thanks for reminding me about the grass will go out right now and dig up a bit.
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 9, 2011
5:19 PM

Post #8682727

Were those shipped eggs? If so, you are VERY lucky to get anything on your first hatch! Home grown will hatch even better.

You can collect eggs for at least 10 days to 2 weeks.. I just had a broody on 19 eggs.. 13 hatched.. She is in there alone, those were all hers.
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 9, 2011
9:45 PM

Post #8683097

I have to agree Green, your hatch was not only successful, but filled with experience, and each and every time will soon make you and experienced breeder. Rejoice, and again I say rejoice...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 10, 2011
4:17 AM

Post #8683231

Thanks guys,I thought it was something I had done,that was a lot of eggs not to hatch.But 11 were my friends polish that she brought from her flock and only two of them hatched.I am going to start today colecting my eggs untill I get enough to fill my incubator.

Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2011
5:48 AM

Post #8683350

Great Job Green!!
I litterally am giving up on hatching in the incu, if Mama cant get them to hatch I just am not going to try any more! Besides I can get pretty much any breed chick I want locally. We have so many chickens heads living btween me and north Georgia. Here lately I have been running into very nice people who just got way too enthusiastic this past spring buying new chickies and were willing to give a lot of them to new homes for free.
I am not saying for anyone to give up on their incubating though, I was and still am thrilled with the process, but I just never seem to have much success at it . So I will leave it to those of you who can!!!! ...and wait to see all of your successes! Green yours are great and soooo sweet!
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 10, 2011
11:25 AM

Post #8684134

There is not that many peaple here who have chickens and the ones that do they just throw all the breeds in togather,I have put on craigs list that I would like some blue black or white orpington eggs to hatch and so far nothing.One of the reasons I started rasing orps was because they were suppose to go broody,not one of mine has.The little polish is just not thriving,I gave it some vit. this morning,but it sleeps most of the time,I have seen it drink but not eat.The other ones are running and jumping but not him.Mostly what you see here for breeds are RIR,and sex links The little polish died a little while ago,so sad didn`t even get to be a chciken.

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Eufaula

Eufaula
Eatonton, GA
(Zone 8b)

July 10, 2011
6:26 PM

Post #8684812

awww, Green so sorry!
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 10, 2011
6:41 PM

Post #8684839

Thanks
porkpal
Richmond, TX

July 10, 2011
6:54 PM

Post #8684881

How sad! I'm sorry. It was a cutie.
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 10, 2011
8:20 PM

Post #8685040

Sorry about your loss Green, but, I still think your doing everything right and some things cannot be held at bay...Your a great chicken head and breeder to be...Hay
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 10, 2011
9:14 PM

Post #8685108

Aww.. I'm sorry Green. It was not meant to be. I always worry when I have one quiet, standing alone.. I know it's still sad. :(
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 18, 2011
6:40 PM

Post #8700654

I really like this incubator,it keeps great temp.I just have to get used to the humidity,I think I need to add water every three days,its hard to see if its empty with the egg turner in there.
Haystack
Ferndale, WA

July 27, 2011
11:45 AM

Post #8718786

Green, you don't need to know if its empty. Just read the humidity, and if it's low put in a half glass of water. after three or four minutes read the humidity again and if it's still low add the other half glass, if it's to high pull out the red plugs and let the humidity escape for a few minutes. Also make sure you leave one egg hole empty in the center area so you can pour in the water. You don't have to see where its going, it will go into the ditches designed to hold the water...Hope this helps my friend...Hay
green04735
Bridgewater, ME

July 27, 2011
2:21 PM

Post #8719168

To late for the empty hole,have them all filled,I watch the humidity and add about every three days,pretty much know now what to do.Thanks Hay and will remember to leave one egg out next time.This will my last hatch for this year.Gave away four roosters today YEAH
ZZsBabiez
Lodi, CA
(Zone 9b)

July 27, 2011
8:26 PM

Post #8719997

I use a turkey baster to fill the water.. that way I can "squirt" it in the middle without getting eggs wet.. which wouldn't be a crime if they did get a little wet. :)

I've always had to add sponges to get enough humidity.. but i was using the styrofoam bators..

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