12 Egg Poultry Incubator For Sale

Just wanted to let you know that farmingfriends has now added the 12 egg poultry incubator to the farmingfriends shop.

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There is a lower basin within the incubator to hold the  water to control the humidity and the temperature control is fully automatic and contolled by a thermostat. The incubator also has a thermometer attached to read temperature inside the incubator. The light stays on while heating up to 100 deg F. After that the light bulb will flash.  Approximate capacity for the incubator is 12 hen eggs, 6 duck eggs, 4 – 6 turkey or goose, 20+  quail or partridge eggs & 15+ guinea fowl or pheasant eggs.

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Some useful books when starting out with incubating and hatching poultry eggs include Incubation At Home By Michael Roberts and Incubation: A Guide To Hatching And Rearing By Katie Thear.

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Water In Incubator

I have been asked about water in an incubator.

“Hi there I was wondering if you put water in the incubator when eggs are incubating ? Thanks write back asap. Ekram”

When incubating eggs the eggs need to have a level of humidity in the incubator in order to hatch. One way to attain the correct humidity levels for the eggs is to put water in the incubator during the incubation. Click on this link to learn about the different humidity levels for different types of eggs.

You can raise the humidity levels in an incubator by adding more water to the water trays in the incubator. You can also try to increase the humidity levels in the room in which the incubator is.

Other ways to increase the humidity levels in an incubator include:

* add a jar or tray of water
* add a wet towel

I believe that low humidity is caused by high temperatures which dry out the water trays in the incubator and help the humidity in the atmosphere evaporate.

Some people will do a dry incubation or dry hatch which means that they don’t put water in the incubator or put very little water in.

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Incubating Blue Scaled Quail Eggs

Blue scale quail eggs have light or dark brown spots on them.

Incubating Blue Scaled Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 22-23 days
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F
Humidity = Humidity: 82 to 84 degrees F wet bulb.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.

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Incubating Mountain Quail Eggs

The Mountain Quail is one of the largest birds of the quail family. The eggs are a plain light beige colour, without any spots or patches.

Incubating Mountain Quail Eggs
Incubation period = 24-28 days – I have read that the eggs can hatch over three days.
Temperature = approximately 99.75 degrees F or 37.5ºC.
Humidity = Wet Bulb of 82 to 84 degrees F or a lowish humidity of about 50%.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.

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Quail Egg Hatch Rate October 2009

When breeding quail and incubating their eggs it is important to keep a record of the percentage of total eggs hatched because this will help in evaluating incubation and hatch efficiency. I have recently hatched some quail chicks and wanted to share the hatch rate with you. You can calculate hatch rate in the following way;

% hatch rate = number of eggs hatched out/number of eggs set in the incubator.

This October I placed 31 eggs in the incubator and 20 hatched out. So 20 divided by 31 equals 0.6451612 times by 100 equals 64.5% hatch rate.

Pigeon Egg Shell Turns Transparent

Many readers of the farmingfriends website often find pigeon eggs and try to incubate them. I have recently been asked about the shell becoming transparent on the pigeon egg.

Hi, I have recently been able to take care of pigeon eggs. I have kept them in a shoebox with a 100watt bulb and a hot water bottle. But, just a hour ago 1 of the eggs turned transparent on the sides suddenly and I am not sure what this means. I would really appreciate to hear your response soon. Hana

Hi Hana,

Thanks for your question. I hope that your pigeon eggs are still doing ok. Unfortunately I don’t know much about hatching pigeon eggs. I have read in this article http://www.internationalmodenaclub.com/Online%20Library/Articles/M-P/PigeonEggsPg1-6.pdf that if the shell is transparent then this is a sign that the embryo is dead in the shell. I do hope that this isn’t the case and that your egg hatch.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

If you have experience of hatching pigeon eggs and know what it means when a pigeon egg shell turns transparent then please leave a comment.

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Should You Add Water To Incubator When Incubating Poultry Eggs

Just recently I have had a number of emails asking if water should be added to the incubator during the hatch or if you should incubate guinea fowl, hen and quail eggs with a dry hatch.

hi, just a quick question, do you put water in your incubator all the way through or just at the end of incubation? i hatched 2 out of 13 bantoms and was told that because i put water in all the time then i drowned them, have you ever heard of that? thanks. Helen.

Hi Helen,

Thanks for your question. Yes I try to keep my incubator with some water in as this is what the instructions say. I have a hovabator incubator. I only keep a small amount in and then top it up when it gets to a few days before the hatch.

I have had a few enquiries about whether to put water in the incubator. Soem one else was advised with guinea fowl eggs to do a dry hatch which I assume means without water. I  have also read that quail do not need so much water until the last few days of the hatch.

I am sorry to hear you only got 2 bantam chicks.
Kind regards

Sara @ farmingfriends

I was just wondering what everyone’s thoughts were on a dry hatch and how much water they add to the incubator for different poultry and water fowl.

I have received this comment from Fred about dry hatching, “I have always dry hatched quail/pheasant/chickens /ducks due to watching others. to much moisture after hatching can make your birds very sick. while still in the egg itself i dont really see how moisture would benefit your chicks. if you do use water in the incubator you should discontinue at least a day before placing your chicks in an outside environment. Fred.”

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Storing Quail Eggs For Incubation

Well I am collecting and storing quail eggs for incubation as a friend wants some quail chicks for her grand-daughter. It seems that everyone is wanting quail eggs for hatching or quail chicks as I have had an email enquiry and a telephone call enquiry.

Quail Eggs In The Automatic Egg Turner

Quail Eggs In The Automatic Egg Turner

I only have a 13 mixed gender quail in an avairy as well as 80-100 quail hens for laying in a barn. My aviary quail are Japanese quail and I think I have 8 females and 5 males. The males have just started to leave foamballs which are droppings with a foamball on it which signifies that mating is imminent or underway. I have once or twice caught the quail mating and the females are beinning to loose their feathers on the top of their heads where the males grab hold of them!

I have collected about 6 eggs in the last 3 days. The eggs are stored at an angle with the pointed end down and are turned 3 or 4 times a day. Eggs can be kept for about 7 days before incubation, so I will be incubating these eggs in the next few days.

If you keep quail and want to ask a question to get some advice or just to chat about your quail then why not join the free farmingfriends quail forum.

Check out the following books about keeping and raising quail.

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Incubator Schemes For Schools

Had a really interesting enquiry today asking if I did an incubator scheme for schools. Thanks Belinda for making me aware of these schemes because as a former teacher I think that they are a great idea.

Incubator Schemes involve providing schools with an incubator and fertile hen or duck eggs for hatching. I have found a number of these schemes running in the UK:

Living Eggs – They run this a programme all over the country but it doesn’t say if the scheme is free.

Acorn Farm, part of Knowsley  Cost is £80 plus delivery fee.

Deen City Farm Incubator Scheme – based in London borough of Merton but deliver else where. The cost is over £100.

The Hatch Factor –  based in Devonshire, doesn’t say if  they deliver all over the country but are free of charge.

Building Your Own Poultry Egg Incubator

You can make your own incubator using a cardboard box, wood or a polystyrene box and a heat lamp and making your own wet bulb for the humidity.  I was going to build my own poultry egg incubator but then a friend recommended  a Covina incubator for hatching my poultry eggs, as she had hatched 3 batches last year and hatched 19 out of 20 eggs set!

We have tried the Covina with bantom, quail and guinea fowl eggs and so far we’ve had approximately an 85 percent hatch rate.  Due to that success rate we never built our own incubator – we didn’t think we’d be able to get the necessary temperature control without spending an awful lot of money on a thermostatically controlled heating unit.  All in all we thought the Covina wouldn’t cost much more money than a DIY incubator and would do a better job – and so far it has.  However, when we were looking into building one we found the resources below.

Check out these links:
http://www.cyberquail.com/incubators.html
http://www.cornsnakefanclub.co.uk/incubator.html
http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/res20-incubator.html

If anyone has any tips on how to build your own poultry egg incubator or if you have done so and had good results then please leave a comment below.

12 Egg Poultry Incubator

Covina 12 Egg Incubator

If you are interested in incubating and hatching poultry eggs then check out the farmingfriends hen forum for the latest chat about incubating and hatching and then check out the books shown below which are informative and excellent for the beginner and a handy reference for those with more experience of incubating and hatching eggs.

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