There are a lot of pet owners who would love the chance to raise their buddies from their birth. However, this may not always happen with certain pets such as cats and dogs.
But it can be with animals that lie eggs such as reptiles or birds. Some pet owners can go straight to buying eggs that they can nurture till these eggs hack and watch their pets grow. If you are in the market for looking after pet eggs then it would be a good idea to invest in an incubator. Plus, knowing how to set it up is also useful.
Incubators are great devices to make sure your future pets get all they need while they form. The ReptoPro 6000 Egg Incubator is one of the best reptile incubator for such a task and anyone can set it up and use it. We will be following the steps from incubator.org’s YouTube video for hatching duck eggs.
About The ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator
Before we get into the steps to set up the ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator lets go thought the item and what it offers:
- Internal fan to disturb the heat
- The fan is built into the back as to allow for more space for the eggs
- All digital control for temperature
- LED screen at the top to measure and set the temperature (in Fahrenheit)
- A power-on button on the left side of the LED screen. Three separate buttons on the right side. One is to increase the temperature of the item, the other is to decrease it and the third is to switch on and off the light inside the item
- Is able cool and heat the interior
- Internal LED, blue light
- A windowed door
- Two shelves that can be moved to three spaces
- Carry handle
- Car adaptor such as that of a cigarette car lighter
- Standard power cable
- A power converter that is also in the back. This is there so that it is no longer inline on the power cord
- Clear shelves and a water tray
- Chromo color and a stylish, smooth design. This can make it easy to clean
Other Devices That You Can Buy Separately:
- Thermometer to measure the air temperature and humidity
- Egg turners
- Plastic container for water for the eggs
- Water thermometer (very important and needed)
The ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator is 18 pounds (8. 16 kg) and the external measurements come in at 13.5 inches (34. 29 cm) by 16.5 inches (41. 91 cm) by 18.5 inches (46. 99 cm). While the interior is measured at 10.5 inches (26. 67 cm) 9.5 inches (24. 13 cm) by 14.5 inches (36. 83 cm). Therefore, it can take up a bit of space but not too much, maybe a small kitchen table worth of space. It does not dry out the eggs.
Set up ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator
Step 1: prepare the surface to set up ReptiPro 6000
Once you get the item, you should find a flat surface such as a table to place it on. Make sure that it is close to a power plug that you can plug it in to. It can use a 100-volt power cord. Once it is plugged in, the fan that is inside the item will start running. This fan is not very loud. You then close the door and switch the item on.
The item should not be used for about a minute so that it can read the internal temperature of itself. This particular item had a starting temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit. You can push the ‘up’ button to change it to 100 degrees Fahrenheit for duck eggs. The maximum seems to be 102 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you should research what would be the correct temperature for the type of animal you wish to hatch. Many animal eggs can require different temperature ranges so it would be good to know what to use so that you do not overheat them. Plus, the item has a blue light source that you can turn on and off to keep an eye on your eggs.
After the temperature is set you should take a plastic container and fill it with water. This will go inside the item. It can be placed on the top shelf or the bottom shelf, the choice is yours to make. This container of water is where the duck eggs will go. You can move the shelves in a position that you think would work best for growing the eggs. This particular container went on the top shelf inside the item.
There are gadgets that you can also get for this item. There is one that can measure the temperature and humidity inside where the eggs will be. This is an important item to use in that you can keep an eye on any changes that may occur. One of the gadgets that can do this is a remote sensor. You place the sensor next to the container with the eggs. With the remote, you can read the numbers 100 feet from the item (basically anywhere inside your home).
Another device to keep track of the temperature and humidity is one that does not have a remote sensor. However, this little device can keep track of the lows and highs over 24 hours. You place it in front of the container with the eggs and it is upright so you can see it through the window door of the Incubator. There is also one that only measures the temperature inside the item with a remote that is placed outside of it. The choice of what gadget to use is up to you but we would suggest one that measures both temperature and humidity.
Step 3. 1
Once you decide on what gadget to use, place it inside the item, and close the door and keep it that way for 5 to 6 hours. The temperature should be in the 100 degrees Fahrenheit range with the humidity 60 to 70 percent.
After 5 to 6 hours you should check the temperature. The best way to do so is not only by looking at the device that you used to measure it since this only measures the air temperature. It can be influenced by the air currents surrounding the senor, which can make the reading a bit inaccurate. Plus, the item itself tends to go on and off as a normal home thermostat does.
However, you are able to get an accurate temperature reading by measuring the water temperature. You open the item and take out the container with your eggs and water. Using a prototype thermometer either one that you use to check your fever or a good, normal kitchen thermometer.
You place it in the water and record the temperature that your eggs are swimming in. Let us say that the water temperature is 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The item is set to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Therefore, all you would do is increase the temperature of the item by one degree. Then you place the container back inside along with the senor and keep the item closed for another two hours.
Step 5: Finish your ReptiPro 6000 setup
After the two hours, you should test the water temperature again. The temperature of the water should be around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. There can be slight variations to this number such as 100. 3 or 99. 7 and this is fine, it is not a gigantic concern of birds and reptiles eggs. You can test the temperature one more time after another two hours. From then on you can test at intervals that you think you should test at. This is done to keep an eye and maintain the temperature to fit between 99 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Water also is more consistent when compared to air and this is due to the thermal mass of it. Water’s thermal mass is similar to the eggs’ thermal mass which means that the water will behave the same way as inside the eggs.
The ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator is an easy item to set up and monitor. If you decide to unplug the item and to move it then you should redo the above steps to make sure that the temperature is in the range that it needs to be in. However, to set up ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator, once it gets going all you would need to do is check the water temperature and maybe adjust accordingly.
But, you should double-check what the egg setup and temperature for your future pet will need to be. The above set up is the basics with the animal in question being ducks. To be on the safe side ask an expert what temperature you would need to have and if there are any other steps you should follow if you wish to grow reptiles or different types of birds. The ReptiPro 6000 Egg Incubator is able to handle these types of animals but extra research would not hurt on how to do it.