The incubating here at Polyface continues to go well. As I mentioned in my previous post, we are breeding Barred Rock roosters with Rhode Island Red hens. The reason we are using this combination of birds is because this is what we have right now. The hens are a couple years old and we are using them because they are alive and well. The roosters are a bit younger. We are not concerned with any specific breed mix, we just want to use chickens that are strong and healthy.
The incubator Joel bought is the Brinsea Ova-Easy 380 Advance. It has three setting shelves that turn automatically and hatching area at the bottom of the unit. It is capable of holding around 270 setting eggs plus about 80-90 in lock-down for hatching. Joel also bought the optional advance humidity pump which has been completely worth it. Between the humidity pump and the controls on the incubator, learning to hatch has been a snap so far!