How to Become Mr. or Ms. Mother Hen – Day 14 May 4, 2012

You know, when I incubated in a styrofoam incubator, there was always a lot to talk about.

Ethel the Silkie

Because I'm not a natural-born incubator like a silkie.

I was always fussing like a silkie mom, though. Actually, I’m sure my family got silly-tired of hearing me talk about it. My husband, bless him for his patience, would ask me several times a day how the incubation was going. I’d say something like, “The temperature was up almost a degree, so I adjusted it down a little. I’m not sure if it was too much, it may be too much. It may get too cold. I set the alarm so I can check the temperature again in another hour to make sure it’s not heading down too cold…”

He would nod, look concerned… and then ask me again in an hour when he heard the alarm go off.

I would get up in the middle of the night to turn the eggs–yes, I was one of THOSE people—and when I climbed back in bed, he’d whisper a half-coherent question, mostly in his sleep. “Mmmfffs’okay?”

Me, I’d answer with way more detail than was necessary at that time of night. “The humidity was too low,” I would say, “so when I turned the eggs I refilled the reservoirs. When I turn again in the morning, I’ll check the ventilation holes in case it’s gotten too high. Maybe I overfilled. I probably did. I think I splashed some water, so I may have to open ventilation a little more in the morning.”

“Mm-hmm,” he said. Or maybe it was just an I’m-falling-asleep-again grunt, but I appreciated the effort nonetheless.

The thing is… there was always something to say about incubation with my old styrofoam incubator. Not always something GOOD, mind you, but there was always something to say. That’s because the temperature was always going up and down. Or the humidity was off. Or the thermometer fell into an unreadable position. Or one of the eggs wouldn’t stay turned, but wanted to roll right back to starting position. What’s a girl to do? It really felt like a personal accomplishment when I got a good hatch with that thing.

The constant worry is not really the case with the Brinsea because it’s so automated. There’s just not usually much to say. This took a little getting used to the first time I used the Octagon Advance.

“How’s incubation going?” my husband asked me.

“Just fine,” I responded.

He was astonished. “Wait—fine, you said? Fine?”

“Yeah, everything’s good. No worries,” I assured him.

“Well, then… that’s good!” he said. But he also looked vaguely unsettled for a few days, as if he wasn’t quite sure if he should press me for more information or not.

Looking back on it now, I have to laugh. I think he was concerned I was mad at him. You know, “fine” can be something that is positive, or when uttered with that sitcom-family sort of snappishness, it can instead be a set up to the weekly Story B: Oh, hahaha, that person is saying “fine” when everything is not, how clever!

So… nothing to report to you guys here is good! But it does make for a boring blog. Sorry about that, folks.

Salmon Faverolles hen

Do I look mad?

Everything is fine, really. I’m not mad at you.

If you’ve never hatched before, you may not understand this simple fact: hatching is a descent into madness and paranoia. probably not only for you, but for all your family members.

I firmly believe that in some pocket of Dante’s Inferno were a bunch of the eviliest of chicken people (surely there are some), whose punishment was to incubate eggs in a styrofoam incubator. Every hatch would go exactly as planned—they’d think—until toward the end they’d have an exploder that contaminated all the other eggs. Then the next time, maybe it turns out they didn’t get the incubator sanitized well enough. After that, one of the ventilation holes get’s plugged up. Or the wafer fails. Whatever. Believe me, there’s enough that can go wrong to last an eternity.

And you know what? It doesn’t matter that I have a Brinsea in that sense, in the sense of worrying. I can worry about anything; I don’t actually need to have a good cause. The good thing is that anymore, it’s usually a worry over things I can’t control–shipping, power outages, that sort of thing. I worry about things I don’t have to fuss with like I did with temperature and turning, and that’s preferable, at least for me.

Day 14: time to candle again. So, just as a reminder, I knew I had a clear from Day 7, a Lavender Orprington. I couldn’t see anything in the BCM eggs at that time.

On day 14? Now it looks like there is a quitter, since one embryo is not quite as developed as the others. Another Lavender Orpington, naturally, since I really wanted a few of those.

Yeah, that’s the way it works for me. I’m down to four Lavender Orpington eggs out of six.

Here’s another way it works for me. There were also four, maybe five of the Ameraucana eggs that look to me as if the air cell is misplaced, a little.  That can happen during shipping, too. It helps to let the eggs sit for a few hours, large end up, before beginning incubation. I did that. But looking at the development with my candler tells me there are some that may be still be wonky. That can lead to some serious problems at the end of hatch, because the babies need to be able to break into the air cell to breathe… AND they need to be positioned correctly to escape. So… we’ll just have to see.

The good news is that I can tell that the Black Copper Marans eggs are all developing.

Black Copper Marans egg on the candler

I still can't get over how dark these eggs are


Black Copper Marans egg being candled (sorta)

Still can't see much, but it's evident that there is some development

So, we’re down two LO eggs, and possibly a few Ameraucana eggs, if the air cell is misplaced as it seems to be… but all the rest are going strong. Stay tuned for the results, to be posted next Friday afternoon.



Brinsea wants to celebrate Mother’s Day with you by providing a Mini Advance Incubator for one lucky My Pet Chicken blog commenter located in the US! Plus, My Pet Chicken will be offering the winner six assorted fertile hatching eggs you can use to fill your fancy new incubator for the first time. That way you can become Ms. Mother Hen… or even Mr. Mother Hen, as the case may be!

To enter the contest, comment on this blog post below telling us if you are a worrywart when you’re incubating eggs at home—or if you haven’t incubated eggs at home, yet, tell us how you imagine you’ll bear up. Do you have someone who will listen or share your worries? (Please note that complaints about particular incubator manufacturers, particular suppliers of hatching eggs, particular candlers, etc. will be disqualified as entries.) Contest ends May 13, 2012.

Keep watching our blog for updates on Lissa’s hatch in our “Ms. or Mr. Mother Hen” blog series to find additional opportunities to enter. If you missed your first opportunity to enter, do so right here. The second opportunity to enter is found here

Aslan May 4th, 2012

Yes, total worry wart! I was always checking the temp and making little adjustments until I purchased a ReptiTemp500 which kept the temperature within a degree or two. After that, it was just obsession over turning the eggs. My alarm would go off several times a day so I wouldn’t skip a turn, and my internal clock woke me up at two or three o’clock every night to turn them again. My husband also hears all my mental notes collected throughout the day. He pays attention and seems interested, but I know all the things I tell him aren’t. He’s just a sweetie pie 🙂

Heather O'Keefe May 4th, 2012

I haven’t had the chance yet to incubate any eggs, although looking forward to it. And yes, I know I’ll be a huge worrywort during the whole incubation. Not to mention, bore everyone I know even moreso with constant updates on how the incubation is going, how the hatching goes, and as the chicks grow…I’m already doing that with my 2 week old chicks I got, so when I get the chance to incubate my own, I expect it to be no different. Seems being an overprotective parent/expectant parent is no different if your ‘children’ are human or animal.

Elizabeth May 4th, 2012

I haven’t incubated any eggs yet, but I would love to hatch my own babies. My husband thinks it’s funny that I sit and watch my chicks for hours lol. I would be checking the eggs all the time just in case.

Kemp Cove May 4th, 2012

I have not incubated yet, but I imgaine I would be just checking on them ALL.THE.TIME! I’m a huge worry wart!! Pretty sure I inherited that one from my grandma. 🙂

Mary R May 4th, 2012

Love the silkie pic! How can you resist that?

Norman Fryar May 4th, 2012

I have borrowed a few incubators in the past. I worry constantly about their performance. Every spare moment I have I go to check on the temp or humidity. I set alarms to rotate eggs on a regular schedule. Now, that I don’t have an incubator, I worry about the hens sitting and check on them as often as I did the incubator. There just isn’t anything I can do to insure the safety of the eggs.

Lauren Allpress May 4th, 2012

I haven’t ever hatched chickens but I can imagine my husband and I will be constantly checking to make sure everything is just right!

Karen Doll May 4th, 2012

I have never hatched fertilized eggs before but would like to give it a try ! I’m sure I would be a worrywort just like Lissa. Both times that I brought home my day old chicks and placed them in the brooder, I checked on them often or just sat there and watched in awe. They were just soooo beautiful and fun to watch as they explored their new home. I really, really, really hope that I win the Brinsea Incubator ! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity !!!

Nicole D May 4th, 2012

I did the first time I hatched and then after that I decided not to! I was spending soooo much time staring at them that I figured it couldn’t be good for me lol. And even if I didn’t worry and fret I still got the same hatch rate with my styrofoam incubator. I worry even less with broody hens. It’s so nice knowing I don’t have to do anything but feed and water momma and she’ll take care of the rest : ) I do wish my husband asked me as many questions about the eggs as yours does/did. I’m going to show him this post as a hint ; )

Fallon Duncan May 4th, 2012

Very big worry wart lol I’m constantly checking the temp & humidity . And this morning when our power company had a planned outage (that we hadn’t been informed of ) talk about a freak out I think I drove my hunny nuts waiting for the power to come back on lol Which it did just as he was getting out of bed to go borrow my dads generator 🙂

Vanessa May 4th, 2012

I have never incubated eggs, but I think I would be constantly looking and worrying for no reason! I think just knowing that fuzzy baby chickies are in the eggs and need the right conditions to hatch is the biggie despite all the incubator controls!! I am sure the worrying pays off though…right? I’d probably try to do everything I can do by the incubator!

Dana May 4th, 2012

Ha! I fuss every day over them. I don’t need to touch them because I know my incubator is doing a great job, but I talk to the eggs every day! I tell them “grow strong little chicks, keep growing, we’ll see you soon!” It’s tough to keep my hands off of them because candling is the one activity I can do to make sure they’re still kicking inside there!

Jessica Metzgar May 4th, 2012

Complete worry wart! I actually made my own “redneck” style incubators the last 2 years when we unexpectedly had to finish hatching our ducks eggs (stupid ducks) and while I hatched out 19 out of 21 (that ain’t bad for home made!) it would have been so nice to have had a real incubator and not have all that worry! lol

lizzy taylor May 4th, 2012

lol i know how it is to be a worried person on ur eggs im like that my fiance would try to touch my incubator i would yell at him and then run and check the eggs making sure none was in the wrong place or rolled over from just a touch of the incubator..i have had chickens sense i was 8yrs old im 19 now so thats 12 yrs i guess but i still love my chickens and treat them as my children sense i dont want kids right now i call the babies i hatch from them my grandchildren everybody thinks im crazy when i say im a grandma then i explain to them about it and they stil think im crazy cause they just say there chickens but not to me they r more then that they r my friends and my babies

Lisa Palmer May 4th, 2012

Based on personality, I think I would be pretty chill. I will be trying to keep my children from being the worry warts!!! We have done the butterfly hatching and seedling planting for school projects and I am constantly reassuring them everything is going fine. I imagine hatching eggs will be more of the same, a wonderful learning experience in patients and care.

Elizabeth May 4th, 2012

I am not a worrywart at all. I try to turn my eggs every 4 hours, but I always seem to fail, and I refuse to wake up at night. I am really good about keeping the water filled and I check the tempature often, but I hardly ever adjust. My biggest problem is candeling. After day 7 I want to candle all the time, but I do stop my self and only try to candle 3 times per hatch.

flower elliott May 4th, 2012

i am a worrywart where hatvhin is involved… always checkin’ temp, & humidity…

Dawn May 4th, 2012

I have not yet incubated, but it is my next step in my life with chickens. My husband and Nephew will patiently listen to my stories and hopes for my baby chicks, and even though they will tell people the chicks are ‘her thing’ they will stand by that incubator the entire time the chicks are hatching. We are a family and standing together when babies of any kind are born is what families do.

Elizabeth Reeves May 4th, 2012

“hatching is a descent into madness and paranoia.” I loved that! It is so true! When I’m hatching, I’m always talking about what’s happening every second, posting it on facebook, even waking up my seven year old to tell him that I saw veining, or that the incubator was half a degree off! I’ve passed on the worrywart-ism, too, as my boys will go and check on eggs and come running to tell me that there is not enough/too much water, that the thermometer is messed up (again), etc. I’m sure everyone just wants me to shut up.

My poor husband tries to understand, but we are speaking another language. He just looks bewildered and nods at intervals while I babble away.

Betty Walker May 4th, 2012

TOTAL worrier!!! but I love my chickens! and I WOULD love to have my own incubator.. I have been waiting to see if my broody might actually hatch some babies this year… STILL waiting… 🙂

Carly Morganwalp May 4th, 2012

I haven’t incubated eggs yet, but I can’t wait to! Considering I was kind of crazy about my chicks when they were a couple days old I’ll probably be the same about eggs. Luckily my awesome fiance puts up with my ridiculousness. Can’t wait to win!

Kim May 4th, 2012

I am an absolute worrier! Not only in the hatching process, but through brooding too. I constantly check temperature and humidity, but as I said in a previous comment, I have only hatched eggs using the light of my oven since I don’t have an incubator, turning, replacing the pan of water on the bottom rack, candling, checking and rechecking until hatch time! Then the brooding…oh check the temp ten times a day, move the lamp up, down, left, right…poor babies! I even hatched finches in my oven, and they are the size of a dime, and hand fed them from a toothpick, even “burping” their crops if I got air in there. It’s all a wonderful experience!!

Amanda VanLoovan May 4th, 2012

I had my very first hatch the 16th of April and I must say your thought summed it up COMPLETLY on what its like, I had never even candled an egg before, I was scared as I could be, thankfully I have a older Marsh Incubator with automatic turner, i dont think I would have ever tried the styrofoam incubators, too much for me with a 4 year old and 5 month old baby. I set 11 eggs had 4 successful hatches and then after 3 extra days i went “exploring” into the unhatched eggs, 3 more that were developed and never hatched. Since i had NOT takin record of which eggs were which, I had NO idea what caused it, this time I am getting ready to set again tomorrow morning I have a DETAILED list on where each eggs came from, how old, etc, HOPING that this time around if I end up with “duds” that i can go bvack in my records and find the problem. My SON and husnband BOTH got tired and are STILL tired of having my chciken run down over dinner but watching my sons face as chciks were hatching was PRICLESS, now onto increasing our little back yard flock of mixed hens and sharing them with friends and neighbors. Happy hatching to you all.

Leslie Burton May 4th, 2012

I only incubated once, on a borrowed styrofoam incubator. Set 22 eggs, and only ended up with 9. Not a very good hatch rate!! I don’t blame the incubator, I blame myself! I’m a newbie! I’d love to win this Brinsea though because I’d be hatching all the time! I have fertile EE, EExGolden Comet eggs..only thing I can do with them is eat them right now! No broody here!!!

Mina Staulp May 4th, 2012

I’m a terrible worry wort and have alarms that alert me if the temp suddenly gets to high/ too low, or the power went out and had to run on my Back-UPS Pro 650 along with a humidity sensor I check 4 times a day. I’m curious if that is one of George’s Silkies from New Mexico.

Janina C May 4th, 2012

I have never incubating eggs at home but I can imagine the first few times I will be overly worried all the time.

Carol M Haggerty May 4th, 2012

I’ve incubated eggs three times now and worry a little less each time. As long as the temp is holds steady and I’m able to turn every 8 to 10 hours things have worked out fine. For all three hatches 18 -19 of the 20 eggs hatched. Such an amazing thing to witness!

Marti Hersom May 4th, 2012

I am certainly a worrywart, but less so the more eggs we hatch! I have actually had the opportunity a couple of times to teach a class on hatching chicken eggs for children (over 21 days, they get to candle and turn them, learn about how the chick is developing, etc) . It is very exciting for everyone! My biggest worry is that the electricity goes out, lol! Great article, thanks :)!

Mark May 4th, 2012

I have never yet incubated eggs, as the cost of good reliable equipment always stopped me. I like doing things myself, including growing tomatoes, and the cabbage family from seed. I’m obsessive over not destroying the whole process, by forgetting to check something, failing to water, or missing signs of trouble. I hate to even be gone overnight as I worry the whole time over my 20 hens and 2 roos. The youngest fourteen were bought as chicks, and I am dreading moving them out from my porch to the backyard roost and run where I won’t be able to peek at them every ten minutes.

Amanda T May 4th, 2012

I have one of those styrofoam incubator, i have duck and chicken eggs in it right now actually, i thought you post was funny because it is the same way here, i am always worrying and Jon is always asking how they are doing

Jacki May 4th, 2012

While I do not have an incubator I did have a few broody hens this year. While deep down inside I know they chickens know what they are doing I still worried every day. My first broody is a Silkie Cochin Bantam. She had 8 bantam eggs given to me by a very good friend. Everyday I went to check on her. put treats in her box (usually pieces of fruit and rice) after 2 weeks went by I started getting more and ore anxious. I do remember one day I couldn’t take it anymore and I went to go try to candle the eggs. On my way to the house I heard a little peep from inside the egg. I turned around quick and returned it to mama. They hatched April 1st all 8 eggs. With the other 2 broody chickens I just let them do their thing. My Black Copper I brought her and her box in the house when her’s were hatching because we had a cold spell I worried a lot with her hatch because when she got off the next to eat another chicken went in her box and had a go at her eggs we lost 3 that day but she still hatched 7 out of the 9 left. I found out that BCM’s don’t make good mommies since she abandoned her chicks good thing my other broody adopted 3 of her chicks, I raised 3, and her little roo still tries to follow her around the yard.

This is my story happy reading 🙂

Lin K. May 4th, 2012

Hope it all goes well!

Trisha May 4th, 2012

I’m such a worrier over chickens, whether we have eggs incubating or not. I spend so much time with them… is this one acting a little differently? Why isn’t that one begging me for something. Oh my god, they’re all dying of some horrible illness. Oh, no, false alarm everyone is fine. 🙂 I currently have a broody Orpington that I could not break, so I went and bought a dozen fertile eggs from a local farm. Now I’m constantly fussing over her. Did she get off the nest today? Is she eating? Are all the eggs warm? etc etc. I can’t imagine life without my chicken ladies now, but they do add a lot of worrying and good stories to my life. I would just be so super excited and grateful to get an incubator.

Elisha May 4th, 2012

<—– biggest worry wort ever! lol We have only hatched using a broody hen it is was an education for both my husband and I. People now think I am crazy- I have two broodies with a total of 15 eggs under them, and 30 eggs being hatched by someone who offers the service. I am constantly thinking about them all! I can not wait for the day I have an incubator that I can stare at! LOL!

Lindsay Kaples May 4th, 2012

I have never incubated eggs so I really want to win this! I can totally imagine myself being totally obsessive and worry the whole time. My hubby thinks I am crazy already so to do that with eggs would be nothing new for him lol

Theresa h May 4th, 2012

I’m a worry warthog about most things. I’m getting better 🙂 I’ve never hatched eggs but when I do I know it will be a long 21 days..

Holly German May 4th, 2012

I have a styro bator with turner. Yep- I worry! The eggs all look so pretty in there… If I open it will the temp or humidity change too much, did I just turn the temp up/down by two hairs or just one, has it been more than 30 minutes since I checked the temp, are they turning enough… Questioning the bator & myself seems constant. I believe my husband doesn’t have to listen to much since my 9 yr old son is interested in the eggs/chicks just as much as I am, so he contently listens!

Nick Belton May 4th, 2012

One of my bantams just hatched her 1st set of chicks. She had been nesting under the house for about a month and when I came home from she was out walking in the yard with 3 little ones in tow. It was wonderful to watch talk back and forth and hear her fuss when they got to far from her. When I incubate eggs I feel just like my new mother hen always fussing with them and trying to keep them in check.

April Poulter May 4th, 2012

My daughter and I did our first hatch about a week ago. We ended up with only 1 baby out of 19 eggs. We were second guessing ourselves the entire time we waited , candled, and waited some more. We are pretty bummed about such a bad hatch rate, but our 1 baby (jumbo pekin/rouen mix) is our little pride and joy. I know many factors can contribute to eggs not hatching but its so hard to not worry since your never know which factor it is that led to the bad outcome.

Wan-Chi Punga May 4th, 2012

When I hatched chicks with my kindergarten class during my internship, I worried all the time. I worried that if we did something wrong and none of the eggs hatched how disappointing it was going to be for the kids, I worried how the teacher was going to explain this delicate matter of life and death…there was always something to worry about when hatching eggs. But the results were totally worth it 🙂

Gwen May 4th, 2012

I had a 25% hatch on my last ship hatch and would love to have 1 of these.

joan taylor May 4th, 2012

Hatching eggs is as hard as having a baby, in my mind. So many variables. Then when you are down to the last few hours it kills me to hear those tiny peeps and know I am not supposed to help. My family makes me leave and go do anything, some where else. Usually when I return the little one will have hatched and is drying off. Whew!!! Wouldn’t trade it for the world though.

Deanna Parrish May 4th, 2012

I am a total worry wort. I will check the eggs every couple of minutes to make sure the temperature is still right and they are doing good. My loving hubby thinks i’m crazy for acting like a true mother hen, but I am just so excited and worried all at the same time.

Gabrielle W. May 4th, 2012

I’ve incubated eggs once- call duck eggs. I used a borrowed styrofoam incubator from a friend. And I have to say I’m a worry wort. Constantly checking the temperature, worrying that my cats will knock the incubator….

L Fleming May 4th, 2012

…never incubated eggs on my own yet, but worrying will most definitely happen. I can’t even sleep if I have a new idea on Pinterest I want to try. So I’ll never sleep knowing little unhatched babies are depending on me to keep them alive. Although with the Mini Advance, I know the work will be done well whether I’m there or not. So excited to see who wins!!

Jackie Winkelman May 4th, 2012

I’m a natural worry wart. I can tell if any of my kids, pets or Hubby is a bit off kilter, Than I worry. Most times it’s when one of my cats does not sit in my lap at a particular time, which means he snuck outside. Anyways, I would love t worry about incubating eggs.

robin mcdowell May 4th, 2012

I currently use a still air styrofoam and at this very moment I am on day 20 and out of 14 egg only 6 have pip. Just as stated in the blog I am constantly checking and adjusting the temp. I dread going to bed because I am so affraid it will jump way to high or to low. This morning it was 94 degrees but when I went to bed it was at 100. Now I am worried it might have got to low. My husband always tells me why are you going to check it every hour or more and I have to explain why. Needless to say havn’t slept much these last 20 days.

Kylene May 4th, 2012

I haven’t incubated eggs before, but I’m sure I’d be a worrywart! I am for (mostly) everything else.

Melissa Fraley May 4th, 2012

My first incubator hatch is currently going on – styrofoam incubator. I didn’t worry too much, just followed every direction…but I sure am worrying as all the chicks run over and turn the unhatched eggs! Just the sound is driving me crazy! lol

Promise May 4th, 2012

Hahaha, it’s like I WROTE this post! That sounds exactly like how I am! A total worry-wort, not just about my hatching eggs, but for everything! Sounds like having an automated incubator is a dream! Time for some worry-free vaca!

Liz Oliver May 4th, 2012

No incubating yet. I see that it may come to that in the future. Enjoying watching this bunch.

Linda May 4th, 2012

i so can relate. You write down the day they went in and then you candle to check after 7 days and and recheck the temp and the humidity. recheck the turner to make sure it is turning, and by the day the first hole is visible you now have gray hair and are now watching every minute to make sure they get out of the egg in what you believe is taking forever time! So been there and continue to go there.

Jessica shatley May 4th, 2012

I have always used abroody hen when i’ve hatched in the past, but its still nerve racking. And exploders are always fun! I hope that with an incubator I can at least take out the negative of a hen that stops being broody in the middle of a hatch. Getting half way, and seeing those little movements and then to lose every one can be so heart breaking! I look forward to having the constant heat source of a incubator!!! As always love the blog 🙂

Leslie Cates May 4th, 2012

I am a worrywart and love to share that worry with all my friends and family. But it is okay because my sould-sister is just as bad. She shares all her horse info and I my chicken info. together it is probably hilarious to outsiders listening in on our conversations. I am so exicted for your eggs I can only imagine how excited and crazy I would be for my own! Fingers crossed on those iffy eggs.

Teri May 4th, 2012

I have not hatched my own. I do however hover and am constantly checking.on our newer babies. I must be a worry wart. I have noticed by watching amd listening to my 2 youngest children that I have rubbed off. They are both awesome mommy and daddy chickens. Constantly checking on them and loving them. Being able to hatxh our own would be wonderful

Cara May 4th, 2012

I can’t wait until next Friday for the update! love the pics!

Tryne Brenna May 4th, 2012

I’m definitely a worrier (or maybe a little bit more like a curious child) I checked my first and only set so often, that I’m not sure if it was me that caused their demise . I’m pretty sure it want me though since the eggs all had loose airsacs.

Tricia Nelson-Sprabeary May 4th, 2012

Worrying just means you’re a wonderful chicken mom, right?!
I’ve never incubated eggs before but I definitely would love to!
I am a first time chicken mom who started this season off with 3 chicks given to me by my husband… then I picked up 3 more when I went to the feed store for supplies… then 4 more a week ago… so now I have 10 who are in their wonky teenage phase. I never thought I could love chickens but oh, I just adore them!!! I spend all my free time outside with them and our dogs and have even been working on a chicken diaper so they can come through the doggie door if they choose.
Chickens can easily take over your life! ; )

Megan Work May 4th, 2012

Yes, we used to worry a ton! I remember as a kid we had such a hard time with the humidity that when it came time to hatch we lost chicks because they dried to the membrane, and the ones that survived were the ones we helped out. No fun:( We’ve started it back up and are trying to keep the humidity right, but it seems impossible.

Deb May 4th, 2012

When we tried to incubate eggs (only tried twice with a styrofoam incubator, and the first time one exploded, causing my husband to make me quit – we were selling the house at the time), I did worry a lot. I didn’t know enough to know all the things I should be worrying about, but I knew I should worry. I had gotten my eggs from a friend with chickens, so I didn’t really need to worry about shipping, but I found plenty of other things to worry about. Now that we have gotten the chicken bug – have 17 4-week-old chicks right now – my kids and I would like to try incubating eggs again. (My husband has given up on our sanity, but that’s okay.)

Sandra M May 4th, 2012

I just received my first 4 chicks (ever) a couple weeks ago from mypetchicken 🙂 So, needless to say, I have never hatched my own (but I am already crazy obsessed with my babies so I can imagine I would love to…). I am sure I would worry during the incubation because I am constantly worrying about and checking on my chicks even though they seem perfectly healthy and happy! 🙂

Kimberly Sanders May 4th, 2012

Yes, I fear I will be a worrier extraordinaire. I worry about everything: are my kids strapped in well enough? Are we going to have an accident? Where is my dog? Has she been out too long and been hit? Why aren’t my chickens home to roost yet? Do we have a coyote problem? The list goes on and on. It would be nice for a no worries incubator. Though I’m not sure that’d stop me from worrying…

Kelly May 4th, 2012

I have only hatched one egg (started with 12 and only 1 made it). I was a worrywart the whole time. I always worried that the power would go out. we purchased 5 more chicks so that my one (that was hatched in a styrofoam incubator) would have some friends (I still worry about her more than the others 7 weeks later because she is my baby). The day before hatch day my one started to pip on the “wrong” end of the egg and I worried for …. well until it was out (I had to remove it from the shell because it could not get out). I worried and then worried some more. I would love to be able to hatch more eggs with fewer worries.

J May 4th, 2012

This is our first year raising chickens. We got them when they were only a day old. My three year old would remind me to check on the babies at least every hour. He learned how to tell if their temp. was right and would tell me when they needed food/water or a little play time. They are 3 months old now and very happy chickens. I think that it would be a great learning experience for our family to have an incubator and yes, we would be little worry warts checking on them all the time. Having a flock of chickens has been so much fun and it would be so neat to experience raising them from eggs. It has opened up a whole new world for us and we haven’t even seen an egg from our girls yet. 🙂

Mari May 4th, 2012

I haven’t incubated yet since I don’t have an incubator, but I would love to.I think I would be a worrier, but my sister is an lover of our feathered friends and I know she would love to hear about my new babies on the way.

James May 4th, 2012

I haven’t hatched any yet, but I know I’ll be glued. I am anxious to give it a try. I imagine it’ll be quite an experiance.

Sara May 4th, 2012

I haven’t incubated yet but I have broody’d. I am always bringing mamma sips of water lol, like she was a lady in labor :> My kids do it too!

Melissa May 4th, 2012

I will definitely be a worrier! I do it already. I want my girls to be as happy as possible!

Karley F. May 4th, 2012

I am on my 2nd batch of eggs in the incubator and I love it.. The first time I did it I set 45 eggs and I hatched 20. Not a good turn out but when I broke the eggs to check them they were all just unfertile. I only have 1 rooster and 13 hens so I guess he just couldnt get to them all in one day lol. Now I have 30 Americana (blue egg layers) in the incubator now and 18 more of my eggs and I hope for a good turn out because I actually bought fertile eggs from somebody. My chicken population is getting up there. I have 7 buff orpingtons, 6 Rhode Island Reds, 1 Buff rooster, 9 eleven week old Rhode Island reds, 4 mixed up chickens that are 11 weeks old, and 19 eight day old chicks some are half buff and half RIR and some are full Buff ;). I love my chickens 😉

deborah plessinger May 4th, 2012

My little bantams eggs seem to be developing well but the my turkeys seem to have failed. 🙁 Please send a Brinesea incubator !

Nicole May 4th, 2012

I know there’s no way I would last if it was a styrofoam bator! And of course everyone I know would each get an earful either way 🙂 They only solution would be to try to ignore the eggs… and we all know that’s probably impossible!!

Kristen May 4th, 2012

Yes!!!! My husband and I both are total worry worts!!!!!! We’ve had both good and bad luck with hatching chicks. Here lately more bad than good :0( this will be my 3rd attempt at hatching silkie eggs. The first, only 1 out of 9 hatched; the second attempt, we had a power surge that fried my GQF thermostat and cooked my poor little babies that were doing AWSOME on day 16 :0( it was very emotional for me and my poor husband too. Now we are on our 3rd attempt with the silkies, it is now day 12 and we are down to 6 out of 13, but those 6 were looking good last night. But this morning we had a power outage for about 3 hours and the temp dropped to 76. We did not open the lid at all, so hopefully they held their temp. I will re-candle tonight and (fingers crossed) they will still be moving around and thriving :0) I would absolutely love to win the new Brinsea incubator and store my old hova-bator, that is difficult to hold it’s temp and humidity, in the closet. I would love to not have to worry so much and keep such a close watch on humidity and temp and turning, i think we would sleep much better at night, and not wake up in a panic and run to check on my sweet little eggs every m

Michelle Lynn Benge May 4th, 2012

I worry alot for my little’s hard to see them get picked on by the big girls. Naughty chicks!

Amanda Caldwell May 4th, 2012

Yep, I was a total worry-wart. I guess it was warranted, because still, none of my chicks made it :/

luther34 May 4th, 2012

I haven’t tried to incubate eggs yet, but as much as I fussed over my chicks I’m sure I’ll be a worrier! And if I don’t worry enough, there are a couple little girls here who will do it for me. 😛

Tim S. May 4th, 2012

I’ve never incubated eggs before, so if I win it’ll be my first time. But I have had chicks before, so I hope I win because I sure do need some new chicks! 🙂

Carol Schanz May 4th, 2012

HAve not incubated eggs, but I believe I will be obsessed over them. I worry about my little chickies when I get them at one day old. Waiting 21 days…. LOL My poor brother that lives with me. At least my two sisters love chickens as much as me so I would have some one to talk to, they would be just as excited about icubating as me.

Rachel G May 4th, 2012

Have not incubated eggs yet, but just thinking about it makes me worry!!

Teresa Fultz May 4th, 2012

I’m even a worry wart when I have eggs under a hen – I don’t think I slept much the first night my (okay, her) babies hatched, I kept running outside with a flash light every time I thought I heard any sound!

Danielle Brenner May 4th, 2012

I never say out loud or even to myself as to which breed I really hope hatch…they are the ones that don’t!

Wendy S May 4th, 2012

I am a natural-born worrywart so of course I worried about my eggs… I was so sad none ever hatched 🙁

Maybe with an awesome incubator mine would hatch 🙂

Deb S May 4th, 2012

When my daughters and I strarted incubating many many years ago I was a terrible worrywart. The batch that I was sure was not going to do well actually did, and the batch I was sure would turn out with good ended up with a low hatch rate. We have learned to enjoy every minute. 🙂

Dolores Becker May 4th, 2012

To start off I am a really big worrier, so like a new mother would be right before the birth of their child you worry about how things will turn out. Did I do the right things
did I turn them right, was the temperture correct or better yet was my themometer working correctly. I am in the process of waiting for some eggs to hatch, so far I have had four stillborns and waiting for the others. God willing they will live. I would love to have a new Incubater. It might take the worrys away.

Ellie S. May 4th, 2012

I haven’t tried hatching eggs yet, but I imagine I will treat it just as I do trying to grow all my veggies from seed. I’m not much of a worrier, and know there’s really only so much that I can do.

Gerrit Husar May 4th, 2012

I have never incubated eggs before but have wanted to for a long while now. I have had an interest in chickens for the past 5 years but have never had a chance to get any, but I think hatching eggs would be such a great experience for my family and I. I think if I were to incubate some eggs, I could develope some worries because I am a big worry wart and my whole family knows it! Ha! But they are great and would be there the whole time to help me out! Its really cool to know that If I was chosen, I would be given the oppurtunity to use a great incubater and hopefully start a great flock! Your blog is so great to read! Happy blogging!
-Gerrit H.

Candyce Ramon May 4th, 2012

First time I hatched—-40 eggs—- 37 peeped & hatched!! It was a thrill, so I hatch every year now. It gets in your blood!! So cool to see them come out.

Heather Harris May 4th, 2012

I haven’t hatched eggs yet but I can tell you that I worry. When I got my first babies and even with the new ones coming I constantly checked on them. Worried their lil butts would paste up. I can’t even imagin what I would be like if I had to wait and see my lil babies hatch. It is a double edged sword for sure. excitment I can’t wait to feel and worry all wraped up together. Still I will enjoy every pleasurable moment of insanity…lol

Julie May 4th, 2012

I think I’ll be OK whether they hatch or not. I have enough chickens now that I don’t have to worry if they hatch. I don’t have an incubatore at home, but this year an acquaintance of mine let me use their incubator to hatch some eggs. I wasn’t worrying. Out of 32 eggs, 25 hatched, & 4 of them died within 24 hours. I ended up giving most of the chicks to someone else. And the rest are waiting for their new owner who pre-oredered them. So out of the 21 that lived, I’l probably only end up keeping 2.

Anne Norman May 4th, 2012

I imagine every single person spending time reading and commenting on a chicken blog (“A what? Did you say a chicken blog? What in the world do they write about? 101 ways a chicken can cluck?”) would worry obsessively about every incubating egg, every single minute of the day. (And night.) We chicken people are That Way.

Isn’t it grand?

Jessica May 4th, 2012

I’m glad your husband has patience. Mine doesn’t. I drive him crazy. I have to keep sneeking to te basement where I keep telling him I won’t set the incubator up anymore. I can’t spend enough time checking on the eggs…but oh when they start pipping…I just can’t walk away.

Laurie McCullen May 4th, 2012

I definitely worry almost all the time about the eggs and am always checking the temperature and adjusting it if necessary, and yes I usually get up once a night to check the temperature. I would be very excited to try out a Brinsea incubator.

Tricia K. May 4th, 2012

I am a worry wart. The first time I hatched out of my styrofoam incubator the temps kept going up and down. So I would try and anticipate what the temps were going to do during the night and turn my adjuster thingy to where I thought it should be. I did not set an alarm clock for a middle of the night check though. This time around the temps have all been steady. So I didn’t have to worry and mess with the incubator very much.

Beth May 4th, 2012

When I tried to incubate eggs in a cooler I would check them constantly. Several times an hour I would walk by to be sure the temperature was okay. If it was going up or down I would adjust the vents accordingly. I talked about them a lot. My poor husband does not understand my obsession with chickens. I have been trying to convince him that we need chickens for some time. He finally agreed to let me have them and so I tried to hatch them. It was 21 days of me saying, “I don’t think these eggs are developing. What should I do? Do you think this temperature is right? I don’t see any changes. If these eggs don’t hatch I will be so sad. Don’t forget to check the eggs while I am gone.” If I woke in the night I would go check the eggs. Around day 21 I would stare at them and listen to them to see if anything was happening. No luck. I was so upset they did not hatch. I bought a few chicks to make myself feel better. Now I worry about them instead.

Beth May 4th, 2012

Day 22 and I have four hatched chicks and another 4 egg that have pipped! So excited! The smallest chick looks like he won’t make it because it looks like his insides are on the outside, liver or something. Mama nature knows what is best.

This is my 1st try and I worried the entire time. Styro does not make a great incubator. At least some hatched though!

Cheryl Penninger May 4th, 2012

I wouldn’t say that I over worry. I worry about doing things correctly when it’s the first time which I am so thankful for all the good info on the web. We bought six babies 11 days ago and I would check on them every hour. I’ve calmed down to about five times a day now. Being able to hatch eggs in an incubator would be a whole new experience for us and we would thoroughly enjoy it.

Chel May 4th, 2012

I’m a worrier…but have not incubated yet. When I got my day old chicks, I put them safely in their brooder box and went to bed. I kept getting up in the middle of the night and checking on them their first night home…I literally felt like I had a newborn baby in the house!

Sandra May 5th, 2012

I have not hatched eggs at home before, but I know myself quite well. I would be a worrywart deluxe! I would fuss over the eggs and take pictures and blog about it faithfully! (The blog would be to spare my hubby from my OCD hahaha)

Kelly Cassel May 5th, 2012

Sounds just like me. lol I too am a worrier, but only when it comes to my hatching eggs. Constantly checking the temp, humidity and turning eggs ( the egg that keeps rolling back to the starting point drives me CRAZY). My husband is like would you just stop, they’ll be fine…that is until they start hatching then he can’t stay away. When they start to hatch, he’s worse than a child. “Why are they taking so long?” “Hurry! Look another one is out!” He’s a walking contradiction…”We don’t need anymore chickens.” he says as he falls asleep on the couch with peeps sleeping on him. Haha.

Darlene May 5th, 2012

I haven’t incubated eggs but after reading this blog I think I will try some before the summer is over. I can imagine being a crazy person because when my one day old girls arrive I’m scared to open the box. I start planning for their arrival weeks in advance by setting up the brooder and checking the temp and readjusting the heat lamp a dozen times. Our new babies are arriving in two weeks so the worrying and planning have already started!

Sybil Hoffon May 5th, 2012

I incubated eggs for the 1st time in December using a styrofoam incubator. Out of 18 eggs, 17 hatched. Someone accidently unpluged the incubator and by the time I found out the temp was down to 85 degrees. I think my heart stopped. We figured out that it had been unplugged for about 6 hours. In spite of that, the chicks started to pip right on time and we were blessed with our healthy babies. I’d love to have the Brinsea incubator and try another hatch of a new type of chicken.

Cheryl Lindsay May 5th, 2012

I worry about everything so I would probably worry about the eggs/chicks. Although I am new with keeping chickens, and we adopted 3 RIRs when they were feathering out so we missed the extremely cute fuzzy stage. We could not love our three girls more, but hope to experience raising much younger chicks. Maybe “ignorance is bliss”, and my lack of knowledge and experience will prevent me from worrying. Hope we win so we can find out!! 🙂

Jenner Dunn May 5th, 2012

I have never hatched eggs at home! I have heard good things about this incubator.
I hope I win!

Mike H May 5th, 2012

Im not a worrier. If they hatch they hatch. My wife on the other hand…

Kelley Thies May 5th, 2012

I have always wanted Brinsea incubator, but being on disability I will never be able to save up enough money to get 1, with all the cut backs to medicare and other programs I barley get by each month. My family chipped in and got me a RepitPro 5000, but it died 16 days into the hatch and I lost all and I could not get the company to respond to my e-mail so I was SOL. Thank God for the few hens I have in the back yard, the eggs are a blessing but the girls are getting old. If only I had a awesome Brinsea incubator to increase my flock, then I could sell the extra eggs and even be able to harvest some meat from time to time. Then with the garden and extra chickens, life would be a lot easier, tastier, healthier. I will be praying and keeping my fingers crossed that I get picked to win the Brinsea incubator, and a better life.

Christie Albertin May 6th, 2012

Oh, I can agree with being a worrywort, but isn’t that a mama’s descriptor? We are born worryworts. I absolutely have to have an incubator with a viewing chamber — if not, I’m lifting the lid and that’s a definite NO-NO. As it is now, since my incubators don not work, I”m always lifting a broody hen to see how the eggs are doing. Do you think my hen(s) like that!?! Certainly NOT. . . but I’m drawn to see how those eggs are doing. With a new Brinsea incubator, from what I’ve read, I believe I will trust it to handle the eggs better than I believed my other incubators could do. And the more I stay OUT of the incubator, the better chance those babies have of making it through the toughest 21 days of their little lives. Since my biddies have flown the coop, and there are no grandkids on the horizon, I need something to take care of the mothering-itch, and bringing prospective babies back to the house via a Brinsea incubator may just do the trick. I’m thinking hard on it. At least it would help my hens out, and my poor chicken hens wouldn’t have to sit those 28 days on duck and turkey eggs – I could do it for them, and they could have the babies to raise.

Brenda May 6th, 2012

I haven’t incubated any eggs yet, but I would love to hatch my own babies. My husband thinks it’s funny that I sit and watch my chicks for hours lol. I would be checking the eggs all the time just in case.

Christy J May 6th, 2012

I was a nervous wreck when I incubated eggs for the first time. I kept the incubator at my bedside and spent many nights up way too late watching the red light flicker on and off letting me know the thermostat had kicked on or off and if the temp needed to be adjusted. Humidity was always an issue too, especially with duck eggs. A Brinsea would make things *so* much easier! 🙂

Carol May 6th, 2012

Stats on my first incubator hatch. 18 eggs. 3 were clear-not fertilized. 5 were fertile but quit. 4 developed but never pipped. 6 hatched and are cute little chicks in the brooder! Bet I could get better results with a Brinsea.

Kelly Hall May 6th, 2012

My son incubated Quail eggs a few years ago, and it was a fantastic experience… very rewarding for him. We have been wanting to hatch chickens, and would love to win the incubator to help us do it.

Wow what a great giveaway. I think I will be the hugest worry wart as I am over my chicks now pullets. My daughters says they were very lucky to have been brought home here.

Heather Schleifer May 7th, 2012

I do believe that my middle name should have been, Worry Wart. as it is now, i have three different 7wk old pullets in the coop, 2 6wk old Cochin Bantam’s in the grow out pen, and six more 1-2 week old chicks waiting to grow up. I have my hands full, with plenty of worrying…..are the chickens in the coop warm enough at night , are the chicks in the brooder warm enough, who needs food, the list goes on. I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world though, I just love raising chickens, their comical outbursts and the satisfaction of helping them grow into beautiful chickens is a joy to me and my family.

Barbee May 7th, 2012

I anticipate my first hatch to be an anxious one. Watching all the time. Pacing. Wringing of the hands. Talking to anyone who will listen. Nervous as the time draws near. Will be so proud when the hatch is complete. Bragging on what a great incubator the Mini Advanced is. Will toot the horn & tell all my chicken loving friends that this incubator is the Best Ever.

helen May 7th, 2012

I would like to win a new incubator because the one i have now i made my self and my hatch rate is very low like 1 or 2 hatch out of 20 and Im going to have to find my rooster a new home soon he is getting mean going after my kids and my dog. he is very pretty and i dont know why he is getting so mean ive spent hours every day sitting with them i even rescued him from a raccoons mouth when he was barely 2 weeks old. so i would like to get a new incubator to hatch some of his offspring before i find him a new home. thank you for the opportunity to win one. fingers crossed 🙂

Brooks Coker May 7th, 2012

Lord yes, I am a worrywart!! I have been incubating eggs for almost a year now and still worry over them just as much now as I did a year ago lol!

anke May 8th, 2012

I am the biggest worrywart you can imagine: have not hatched any baby chicks for 2 years now since I have sold my styrofoam incubator. But when I did, I always took at least the entire week off work before hatching day. Have put an eye on this particular Mini Brinsea incubator for a long time. Would love to win it and being a Ms hen again….

LisaB May 8th, 2012

I am a worrywort. I’ll be checking on them every couple of hours or so…just because. I do the same with my gardens…just looking at the plants all the time…just because.

Deb May 8th, 2012

We’ve descended into the madness for the first time this spring. It is indeed, completely and utterly addicting.

25 in our styrofoam ‘bator (with the automatic turner, yahoo!). Day 18 tomorrow!

Lorna Violet May 8th, 2012

I really am a worry wart about it. I must check temp and humidity a thousand times a day.

Shannon Krogmann May 8th, 2012

I would worry cause i am a horrible worrywart with any of my chickens. Guess to try and not to be i would go shopping ….. thats what i do when i am worrying 😉 shopping for what u might ask chicken stuff of course!

Kristen May 8th, 2012

Haven’t hatched eggs yet, but yes I am a worrywart. Luckily my boss is a chicken person as well so she probably won’t mind my worry updates when we are are the coffee pot in the morning.

Michele May 8th, 2012

I have not incubated eggs at home yet, although I have had my broody hen hatch a clutch of six eggs! I didn’t worry about them then, because I know Brenna knew what she was doing, but If I was to do it myself, I know I would go crazy with worry!

Patti Smith May 8th, 2012

worrywart? What can I say…guilty!

Alice Martin May 8th, 2012

The main thing I worry about is the kids playing rough and accidentally hitting the incubator or something. I know if that happens I will just have to cry. The other thing I obsess over is the humidity and I never know if I have the levels right.

Valerie Robinson May 8th, 2012

I’ve never hatched chick eggs, but would think from reading everything about the Brinsea incubators that a lot of the guess work from temperature and humidity to even turning the eggs is all done for you. I don’t think I’d be so much of a worry wart, than to make sure everything possible is done for a successful hatch. I try to interact with any of the chicks I’ve purchased as much as possible. Plus, of course, always checking on their food, water, and the heat lamp. That’s not being a worry wart, just a good care giver. My husband is wonderful to listen to all my updates on the chicks antics. Although he isn’t as crazy over all the animals we have, like I am; he not only listens to my “animal ramblings,” he pitches right in with all the chores.

Katie May 8th, 2012

I’ve never incubated eggs, so I can’t say for sure how I’ll be, but I have been pregnant twice, and if that’s any indicator I will probably obsess over the whole process. I only intend to candle 3 times, but I have a feeling it will end up being more than that. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Colleen v May 8th, 2012

I don’t know for sure yet if I am but its prob a safe bet I will be :b

Chris May 8th, 2012

My only worry is ” I hope a few hatch for the kids” We had an old Styrofoam incubator in the classroom until this past year when the kids accidentally broke it. I would love to win an incubator by Brinsea.

Delilah May 8th, 2012

Haha YES the styrofoam incubators! JUST what I was trying so hard to avoid. And what fueled my decision to call it quits on the idea of using an incubator. Well, well, well… I may really need to look into getting one of these babies! Or if I am a really lucky girl I will WIN one??

Marie K May 8th, 2012

Yes, a worrywart for sure! My only incubation memories were negative ones as a child because the eggs never hatched! I would be worried that my children would also experience the same disappointment… So my eyes and ears (along with my children’s) would be checking for life daily, but the Brinsea would take the worry out of the process! I wonder if we could put a baby monitor next to the incubator and pick up the peeps the last few days? definitely worth a try!

Jocelyn May 8th, 2012

I’ve only let a broody raise them, but yes, I worried about them, especially since I didn’t candle them because momma wasn’t happy with me when I checked under her to begin with!

Betty Urie May 8th, 2012

The incubation period is quite stressful, especially with a styrofoam incubator. So far the temperatures during this hatch have stayed level, but the humidity is a challenge. It would be so much nicer to have lots of broody hens to do the job! I now have also put eggs into my cabinet incubator since my styrofoam one is “occupied”. It was difficult to get that one adjusted, and it does not have an egg turner so there’s more stress with that. This contest is a wonderful give-away – thank you for the opportunity.

Taryn M May 8th, 2012

I havent ever even incubated eggs and i know ill worry. Im so new to it that im too afraid to even try the styrofoam incubator because id spend all day starin at it makin sure everythin was like it was supposed to be and be up and down all night conviced that something needed adjusting. Lol

Diana May 8th, 2012

yes yes yes i am a worry wart!!! you want the best for the babyes. i have incubated eggs in a styrofoam incubater. Its hard to keep the temp, and moister just right. My kids worried along with me. We were always checking moister and temp, and looking up better ways to keep the temp and moister right.

Lazey May 8th, 2012

Those marans eggs are gorgeous! And so is that white silkie.

Paula Langhorst May 8th, 2012

I haven’t incubated eggs at home, yet! I don’t think I would worry, just be amazed by it all. Of course I would have someone to talk to, there are people in the stores, at school and all over that would hear about it!!

Kristin Dorton May 8th, 2012

I’m a worry wart and I don’t even have an incubator yet! I would really love to win this incubator because of just that reason. I am a full time student (graduating next week and just excepted into graduate school!! Yay!!…sorry LOL) and a mom, so needless to say I have no money to spend on things like incubators so I have been planning on making one myself. I am so worried that I won’t get it just right and will cause the babies to get partially there and then not make it or have some kind of malformation. I would love to give them a safe start.

Jenner Dunn May 8th, 2012

I can’t wait until they hatch…….. I really want this incubator!!!!!!

Jennifer Higgins Foster May 9th, 2012

I’m a consist worry wart. Just ask my husband. He listens to me complain and worry, but I’m sure I don’t give him enough credit when he does. I guess since it is my interest to raise chickens and not his he just “tries” to seem concern but in fact he really is. I guess that’s another way I could be considered an “over worrier.” The last time we (my sister and I) got chickens we decided to buy some babies because we were too excited to wait it out (not to mention the void of all the worries).

sclinton May 9th, 2012

I have never incubated my own eggs to be a worrywart. I do, however, fuss over my baby chicks (and even the grown ones) to the point that my husband will actually ASK me about them if he is trying to distract me from something. It usually works. I think some of it is rubbing off on the kids. My DD15 actually got up at 3 am to check on our little ones when we were having a lightning storm and it started to downpour. Poor kid got up for nothing, I had already taken care of them….and we are two do not enjoy missing out on our sleep AT ALL! I would love to have the opportunity to fuss over some eggs for a few weeks. I’m sure my family would love to have another reason to refer to me as the crazy chicken lady. BTW, does anyone else have kids that make fun of them for being the lady in the picture in “Mrs. Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (the one holding the hen in her arms)?

Melissa C. May 9th, 2012

I know I’ll be a worry wort when I get the chance to hatch eggs at home. I’ll worry if I’m doing things right, if I understood the instructions fully, if I took any short cuts, that I’ll kill the poor babies, that my kids will hate me…… My poor family would be in for a rough 21 days!

Amanda May 9th, 2012

You know! All the things you said about the styrofoam bator is right! I worried so much with mine, this is the reason I trashed it and am working on getting something better (I’m hoping I can be lucky enough to win)

One time we had the power go out on day 16, If I remember right, and I was in panic mode in 5.3 seconds flat! I cranked my car, got a power converter and power cords and ran power from my car to the styrofoam incubator!

I’m sure I looked like a nut to everyone else but it worked! my hatch rate didn’t differ from any other of my hatches…. even though I didnt have good rates with that bator. Another reason I deiced to chunk it. I felt bad for wasting so many little eggs 🙁

It seems like with styrofoams you cant leave them for even a minute without something going wrong

Susan S. May 9th, 2012

Whether you incubate or have a broody hen, the last 3 days are so exciting! You can hear the chicks and it is such fun. I’ve only used a broody hen, but would love an incubator!

Judy E May 9th, 2012

These must be 21 of the longest days ever! I KNOW I would worry and would obsess non-stop about if I was doing everything right. I’m also sure I’d drive my husband nuts…. but he would listen to me with interest.

Mellissa May 10th, 2012

I have never hatched eggs before so this would be something new for me. However, given how much I fuss and drive my husband crazy with all my “chicken talk” I imagine I will probably fuss over the eggs as well. I tend to research the heck out of everything (I’m a scientist so thats natural for me, lol) and when I find something interesting I tend to share my enjoyment with others…unfortunately for them. My husband is very patient most of the time and will usually politely listen (or at least pretend to) to whatever I am going on about.

Stephanie C May 10th, 2012

i haven’t incubated at home, but if how i am when i have chicks in the brooder is any indication i am a verified worrywart lol

Sherry Bowen May 10th, 2012

I would really love to experience incubating and hatching my own chicks. It would give me the opportunity to obtain and raise the most awesome chicks. I just love to watch our chickens, they are so much fun and entertaining. They also provide the most wonderful eggs.. I really want this incubator….

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Karen May 10th, 2012

I worry worry worry. I keep a remote temp & hygrometer gage in the bator so I can carry the main unit around with me to check it where ever I am in the house.
Luckily I have found many chicken lover friends on backyardchickens forums.
We keep each other sane, or sometimes I think we become enabelers, one of us starts incubating eggs, others soon follow. We have so much fun sharing chicken stories and baby chic pictures.

Michelle May 10th, 2012

I was just a kid when we were raising chickens before and my mom did all the hatching in the incubators, but yes she was a worry wart. I thought as many problems as she would ramble on about we would not end up with any chicks at all but never failed, every time she put the eggs in most of them would end up hatching. Maybe it was all her worrying and fussing over them. I have a feeling I will be the same way. Unless I can get ahold of one of the awesome incubators you have, or better yet win this one:)

Charlotte May 10th, 2012

Have never got to incubate my own. But I am definitely a worry wart when it comes to my baby chicks. Cant check on them enough. My daughter is the same way and I catch my boys checking in on them from time to time. My hubby is always asking about the chicks! Always wanting more too!

Alissa D. May 10th, 2012

I dont think I’d be a worrywart, if I had one of these nice incubators the only thing I could worry about would be how many Roos would I get. I would love to go through this process and see what I get.

Korrie Klingelhutz May 10th, 2012

I really want to try to hatch guineas. I know a lot of people will ask… What AM I Thinking! but I enjoy their funny run across the yard and keeping the yard free of ticks and other bugs.

JD May 10th, 2012

I would have to actively not worry, but I would probably check on the eggs quite a bit just to make sure everything is as it should be.

Marilyn H. May 10th, 2012

I am not a worry wart. I would do things by the book and let it be!

Lanna Jones May 10th, 2012

Worrywart doesn’t even begin to describe it! I’m as fussy with my animals as I am with my human child…

Deleith Campos May 10th, 2012

We have had our new hens sitting on the eggs and we still worry if it is going all right. We have had to move ladies to Solitary confinement to keep the other ladies off and away from them. Out of 12 eggs I hope they hatch out at least half . We are hoping that if we can get a new incubator it would help ease the wonder?

Lisa C May 10th, 2012

My name is Lisa and I am a worrywort. I have been a worrywort since I started to prepare for my first flock last summer. Is the coop big enough? is it safe enough? This spiralled out of control when we decided to try to hatch our eggs for the first time… The first few days were tough… until we could see the “blob” .. I felt better, then on day 7 the blob MOVED!!! Yeay!! I candled often ( ok, ALOT) until day 14.. when I could no longer see movement… just darkness.. I resigned myself to accept that we must have done something wrong and all was lost. Even on day 21 I looked, but not too expectantly. Then… out of no where on day 22 – a PIP!!! JOY!!
Considering our rudimentary set up we fared pretty well.. 7 out of 14 made it ..I suspect low humidity hurt the last 4 as one pipped but the membrane dried up and the other 3 were fully formed but did not pip… I am guessing that all the opening we had to do for the first 7 dried them out… ( which is why an incubater we could SEE into would greatly improve our humidity)

Next time I will improve what I can (better incubator, candler) , and wait and try not to worry too much.

Lisa May 10th, 2012

Glad to hear that I am not the only one 🙂 I check the incubator as much as possible! We made soooo many mistakes last time and not one hatched. The daycare kids and I are hoping that we have corrected our mistakes and will be able to hatch at least a few (out of 34 eggs). We are eagerly awaiting the 24th/25th of May! Thanks for the smile!

Kate May 10th, 2012

I was be such a worrier. Checking all the time to make sure all was well. Waiting would be so hard

Lidia May 10th, 2012

It would be wonderful to win the incubator so I can experience all this excitement!

Deborah May 10th, 2012

Hatching eggs is so much fun!!

Raquel Green May 10th, 2012

I think I would be like a broody silkie, never wanting to leave the eggs, and checking constantly for any signs of life. I have never incubated eggs before, bug I can imagine that it would be a wonderful heart warming experience!

Candyce Ramon May 10th, 2012

My cats (one is 16) sleeps on my incubater, so I always ask them if things are going good. I have it in the living room, So I am always checking the temp. Must be right temp, as the cats are up there.
When it is peeping time I am listening for that sound of chicks. Gotten up during the nite for a bathroom break to hear them peeping!! So excited!!!!
I had one hatch before I took them out of the turner in years pass. Then the rest hatched two days later. There were 30 chicks, all fine. That is why I get the brooder ready early, just never know when they will come.
My incubater has payed for itself 10 time over—but the JOY <3 watching chicks hatch is the best! <3 <3 <3

Ingrid May 10th, 2012

I’ve raised three children, and have two grandchildren….yet hatching chicken eggs has been the most harrowing experience of all.

I cannot concentrate at work….I call home to see if someone forgot to turn the eggs in my home made incubator. I race home at 5:00 to candle them “one more time I promise”. Its become a joke around our house that before entering a bathroom at night, peak in to see if I am in there with a flashlight, a chicken egg and a home made candler before you step in, knock the egg of its candler and scare the pants off of both of us.

I brought the incubator in my room…I am afraid to leave them away from me. Its 21 days TONIGHT…and I feel the way I did as I entered the hospital with labor paints with each of my children. Apprehensive, excited, worried, anticipating and giggling all at once. I find myself waking all night to “peak” into the bator “just to be sure”…sure of what? They weren’t due until TONIGHT! I have never stressed myself out so much in my life. My car broke down and I told the tow truck company I had to be home in time to lock down the incubator. She didn’t know what I was talking about and probably talks about the crazy chicken lady to her drivers. I’ve forgone sleep to watch over them and “candling” is a new sport I plan to petition for the Olympic games.

I made plenty of mistakes so I don’t know what, if anything will emerge over the next few days. I know I tried. I know I worried. I know I’ll try again with the same mothering instinct I attacked with this time. Maybe I need to invest in a store bought incubator so my family doesn’t throw me out with my chickens in hand.

Cindy L May 10th, 2012

I don’t have an incubator but I would probably be checking it constantly. And talking about it on facebook.

Dawn Sotir May 10th, 2012

I am a confessed worry wort! I must say when I read your blog I laughd because I thought I was the only one who was so obsessive about her chicks. I think I have stared at that thing more than any TV I have watched in the whole year! I am here on day 21 going into day 22 and no chicks yet 🙁 My first attempt was trying in a Nature Center where I work and unless everyone is on board checking the water it won”t work. I have been on line so much researching, reading what others suggest. I have candled and candled again. Please oh god of the chicks, let them live! I am also awaiting lambs to be born so I go from one to the other, stressing, stressing, stressing! And why? Because I love being a farmer! If this clutch does not work I will try, try again!

Lori S May 11th, 2012

Yes, it is so very hard being a MOMMa Hen,,,,4-7 thermometers, to make sure 1 is right!!!! Oh yes.. the humidity…… 2 much light,,or not enough,,,,,are my egglings to close to each other …did I roll this one? or oops, I rolled this one twice….To cool or not to cool.? oH mY!! oH mY!!!,,,,, THERE HAS TO BE A BETTER WAY!!!!!!!It looks to me that you have found the way,,,I need some some help to be on My way!!!!!!

Patrick May 11th, 2012

I do worry but I think more than the worrying I’m just super excited to see what’s happening. When I’m incubating eggs at home the whole process just seems to take forever!

Paula Brown May 11th, 2012

I’ve never incubated any eggs. But yes I would be a “mother hen” about it.
But my sister did. And she would tell me what was going on next in details to the point I was texting her and asking her now what. Any babies yet? Pretty bad they werent even my eggs. It was addicting. She did hatch them and gave me 3 babies.
Now I can worry about them at home. 🙂 which I did every few minutes or so I would be checking on them. Looking forward to hatching some of my own eggs I am very excited. Thank you again for another opportunity! Great Blog by the way.

jess s May 11th, 2012

I’m a complete worrywart during incubation. I just tell myself (and anyone who will listen) that if it doesn’t work out this time, we will get more eggs and try again. It’s impossible for me to check my anxiety though!

April Brown May 11th, 2012

We have a great big nice chicken coop ready for some more chickens. We dont have alot of money to get a incubator so we have tried many differnt ways to hatch chickens with no luck. I have curtains in my coop and we are getting ready to place tiles on our wood floor that my sister gave us that was extra from her kitchen. My coop has 90 square feet and she ended yo with 95 square feet extra so she gave it to me which I am putting it in the coop to make it easier for me to clean out the coop with the water hose. We have nesting boxes off of the ground in the coop and we put chicken posters up for the chicken that say cute stuff. We have a solar light heating lamps to save energy and to keep them warm. We sing to our chickens everyday and they have toys to play with. They love there ball seems like they get a game of soccer going at times. I have a nice area that is ready for babies lots of straw and another lamp over it to keep them warm and stuffed animals in it just needs some babies. I would love to be Ms. Hen so my farm can get a chance to expand and bring more love to our family.

Pam May 11th, 2012

I am generally laid back, but since I am new to chickens and have never hatched before, I would probably be worrying a lot! My husband and kids would be hearing all about it, the whole time.

Jenner Dunn May 11th, 2012

Oh gosh my family would get so tired of me talking about the things that could go wrong in the incubation process if I had an incubator…… I hope I win! 🙂

Dianna May 11th, 2012

just getting started but I remember Mom being very much the worrywart… always checking and turning and adjusting and checking and turning and adjusting… the longest 21 days a little kid could imagine.

Marissa May 11th, 2012

oh yes my husband was also great about listening to me for 21 days… one day everything is all good and the next Im just not sure …. but thru it all it is still exciting!!!

Tamara May 12th, 2012

My children would definitely be my “worry-wart” companions!

Alicia May 12th, 2012

Yes, I’m a worrywart. I’ve had more bad hatches then good… I tend to keep a close eye on my potential babies.

My hubby and my mom are my sounding board – they humor me and listen to my constant updates, pick me up when I become discouraged, and are as excited as I am when I do get a few hatchlings!!

<3 You Mom & Hubby!!

Irene fernandez May 13th, 2012

I almost missed this post 🙂 I would definitely worry every day. When my babies were shipped from MPC I started worrying on hatch day all the way to the day I finally got the call from the post office. It came at 6:45 am and I was there 15 minutes later to get the little ones!!!

Beth May 14th, 2012

I would more than likely be a worry-wart if I had an incubator with some silkie eggs. I have never hatched before and I want to try.

Marilynn Britton May 14th, 2012

Yes I would probably worry and be looking at them several times a day. Through the window of course.

Mary Belcher May 16th, 2012

I worried all by myself until recently finding BYC again and through BYC found MyPetChicken and some awesome websites and a wealth of information and friends, lots of friends!

I still wake up multiple time a night, jump up and run to check my temps. I had a bater go low on the temps on my last 6 eggs during lockdown. Thermometer and bater said the temp was 99.5 but when my babies didnt pip on day 21 I knew something was wrong. I now keep 5 thermometers in my incubator, no temp dips getting past me! I would love an incubator that was reliable.

Cortney H. May 1st, 2013

I’m only getting 8 chicks, so I’m lining a laundry basket with shavings and straw. Then adding my heat lamp, chick feeder and chick waterer. I can’t wait for them to arrive next week!

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