What do you guys think of the little giant still air incubator? It is currently on sale at TSC and my husband is cheap and says he will buy me this one.
I am in the midst of my first attempt at incubating. I was talked into trying the dry method by a local who hatches hundreds with this method. Wish me luck!ReTIRED said:Make those simple modifications AND after a try or two....you'll learn the little quirks of a STYROFOAM incubator.
Don't expect miracles on your FIRST attempt at incubating. BUT...read-up on it.
TRY the "dry-incubation method" !
GOOD LUCK !!!I am in the midst of my first attempt at incubating. I was talked into trying the dry method by a local who hatches hundreds with this method. Wish me luck!
Well, I am happy to report that I have 20 out of 22 fertile eggs hatched. Pretty successful for a first time. This was very lucky I know. Especially since I did a lot of things 'wrong'.ReTIRED said:GOOD LUCK !!!
....and DON'T be disappointed IF your first attempt is not very successful. Keep Notes AND analyze the potential errors/mistakes. THEN...you will do much better on the SECOND TRY.
WHO KNOWS ? You MIGHT have a very good hatch on your 1st try !
I think it is important to weigh the eggs -and mark them and/or KEEP a LOD-BOOK......weigh at beginning...at 7 days...at 10 days and at "Lockdown"-18 days. Watch and Mark the "Air-Bubble" when you candle!
Your eggs SHOULD LOSE about 14 % of their weight during the first 18 days of incubation. ( A permanent "Magic-Marker" won't hurt your eggs....OR you can just use a #2 pencil. )
NOTE: I wouldn't be concerned about Humidity during the first 18 days....as long as it's over 30% and LESS THAN 60 %.
......on "LOCKDOWN"....raise the HUMIDITY to around 65% to 70%. to prevent the chicks from sticking to the shell.
DON'T "fool-with" the incubator as long as the temperature/ humidity STAYS within the Limits on AVERAGE each day. IF the temp is averaging slightly BELOW 100*F....the hatch will be a little LATE......IF the temp is averaging a little ABOVE 99*F...the hatch might be a little EARLY.
again....Keep a LOG -Diary- throughout the process....so that YOU have something to analyze at the end of your incubation.
also AGAIN....GOOD LUCK !!! ( I think that you have "Chosen Wisely" to use the "Dry Incubation Method". A LOT of the "problems" with 1st Time incubations results from DROWNING the embryos with TOO MUCH HUMIDITY. Momma-Hen doesn't drown her eggs ! )
APPARENTLY....a "Little Giant" incubator is NOT "a total waste of time, energy and money."Personally, I would save your money and get a Hovabator. I found the Little Giant I bought back when I was first getting into chickens to be a total waste of time, energy and money. Don't bother. (With all due respect to ReTIRED, of course.)
CONGRATULATIONS !!!I didnt get the little giant, I have a farm innovator. But they look the same. And guess what, make it 21!!!! Had a late hatcher. But they are all doing well.
Haha, thanks. I am still high in adrenalin, how crazy is that? I thought I had killed them all more than once. I need to figure out what that good luck charm is so I don't loose it. Now, what to do with all these chicks. I am only keeping a couple....ReTIRED said:CONGRATULATIONS !!!
( Perhaps YOU could provide ME with some lessons ? OR let me borrow your "Good Luck Charm" ? )