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neal blake
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I am 68 years old. I raised chickens for years but quit about 15 years ago. I have now started back with about 50 laying chicks
Since one isn't opening an incubator with a turner to turn eggs, do they need a periodic cooling off period like a hen would give them?
7/14/2012 8:28 AM report abuse
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no-you need to open it to add water
10/23/2012 11:11 PM report abuse
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They're finding that if the eggs have a brief cooling off period, like they would if they were under a broody hen, they actually are stronger at 6-weeks of age, after hatching. Some of the newer incubators, like the Brinsea 20, actually have pre-programmed cooling periods (which you can turn off, or program it at longer intervals), to replicate nature.

However, you DO need to open the incubator to add water, unless you have one that has an external reservoir.
7/23/2013 5:03 PM report abuse