March 5, 2013 | One Comment

My eggs are perking away in the incubator now, but I thought I’d show you how I get ready to incubate.

Incubation-Weigh eggs

I printed off my Incubation Record Sheets.  I always number my eggs so I can keep track of weights and candling observations.  This time I am hatching several groups of eggs that I want to keep separate  so along with the numbers, I used an initial to indicate the breed. I weighed each egg.  My kitchen scale weighs in ounces to two decimal places and I love using it for this.

Incubation - full bator

I checked to verify that my incubator was still at the correct temperature (99.5) and I loaded it up.  I removed the drawers to fill them so that I could keep the door closed and the temperature up.  Each drawer will hold a maximum of 3 dozen large eggs.  That bottom drawer is filled to capacity with 36 Barred Rock eggs. The middle drawer has the 12 “Surprise” Good Shepherd eggs in the front and 8 Easter Eggers eggs in the back.  The top drawer has 14 eggs that I’m hatching for my friend, Delores, in the front and 13 Rhode Island White eggs in the back. I divided them up this way to try to assure that I’ll be able to identify the chicks when they start mixing in the drawer after hatching.

Incubation - Be careful

🙁 The very first time I was turning eggs, my klutz tendencies kicked in and I broke this poor baby.  So I’m down to 35 Barred Rocks (of course it would be the breed I’m most interested in getting the most chicks possible from).  Honestly, my main reason for showing this is so you can see the color of that yolk.  I didn’t play with the color at all, that’s just how my camera took it set on auto, and I can assure you, that deep dark yolk looked just as good in person.  Do your eggs from the store look like that?  Mine never did.

I’ll be doing blog posts as we perk along to keep you informed.  I’ll also be posting updates and pictures on Facebook and Twitter especially on Day 21 as the hatch progresses.  If you don’t follow me there yet, be sure to click the buttons above.  If you want to learn to incubate your own eggs, I will be posting a step by step incubation guide at the end as well.  No pictures or personal stories to wade through, just the information you need for a successful first hatch.

One Response to “Getting Ready to Incubate”

  1. cathy

    hello. i found your blog today as we were looking incubation records. i like your sheets and your simple overview of incubation guidelines. This is our 2nd attempt at hatching.. we hatched in spring and only had 3/18 to hatch. (wanted marans but the breeded didnt have a full dozen, so he added Americanna eggs… we had 3 americanas to hatch) using a simple styraphome incubator with auto turner (turner broke half way through hatch and we had temps up to 108 on occassion.. miricle any hatched.) our Americannas may have some special needs due to brain bake. (they are afraid of everything, even food buckets and each other).

    Yesterday we set 15 more eggs. 13 of our blue auto sexing Cream Legbars and a jumbo brown double yolker for twins and a speckled sussex brown. We have a leg bar roo. We are hoping for a New Years Day hatch. we have plans to make our own cooler incubator for spring hatch to sell our legbar chicks and hopefully our rare Bielfelder chickens that havent started laying.we have a big coop duplex with space for 11 hens and a roo on each side. hopefully some olive eggers will come too…

    I was wondering the outcome of your above hatch. You mentioned that you would list the updates, but i couldnt see a link. can you add that?


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