We are getting bored/frustrated/sad by the number of attempts we’ve had over the last year with hatching eggs that have been unsuccessful. But, having done a fair amount of research, we have concluded that is indeed highly likely to the user rather than the tools that is the problem. Chicken eggs appear to be relatively straightforward, especially with a auto turning incubator, but goose eggs need a bit more care than just sticking them in and hoping for the best.
For example, there is a bit of an issue with temperature in that because the eggs are big, the temperature can vary more across the eggs than with chicken eggs. We’ve got one thermometer at the top of the incubator, but we’ve now got another at the bottom, which is also a humidity meter. There are varying reports about exactly what these should all read but we’ve decided to try the following:
Top thermometer 38.4c
Bottom thermometer 37.2c
Humidity 30-40% until day 18 (needs more research though) when it will go up to 65%
We have 6 goose eggs and we have weighed them all and cleaned them best we can without getting them too wet, as this apparently can increase bacterial infections.
We are expecting the eggs to evenly lose 14-17% in weight evenly across the incubation period, s we’ll weight them daily and see how it goes.
The incubator will be turned 3 times a day with the eggs being fully turned by hand once a day until day 25ish.
We’ll also record the following every day:
Temperature of both thermometers and the humidity meter in the morning and evening
The weight of each egg in the evening before the manual turn.
Ok so it’s not mega scientific but a bit better hopefully than chucking them in and hoping for the best, which clearly doesn’t work…