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Originally Posted by Mirajane View Post
Originally Posted by Fire Ant Farm View Post

What did you end up getting, breed-wise?

I resemble that remark...hide.gif

No idea without a photo, but in TSC (Chick Days!), all the blondish chicks have been red sex links, I think...

I am fortunate to have good health insurance through my employer. They keep bugging me by mail to stop getting my prescriptions at my drug store - rather, they want me to get them by mail. "It's so much easier." The other day they actually CALLED me! (Which really ticks me off - I have to answer unknown numbers because my cell phone is listed instead of a pager for the hospital operator). They called during work, and I was expecting to handle a patient issue. I told them that NO, I did NOT want to get my prescriptions via mail, that I wanted to keep using Walgreens, and by the way, I WORK FOR A LIVING and to never call my cell phone again...rant.gif

(I'm a generally easy going person, but I do NOT like being cold called.somad.gif )



My older chicks, who have ZERO need for heat any more (between age and the temps here), as still enjoying snuggling with their "Mama" off and on throughout the day (and sometimes evenings). Now I gotta find someone to buy my Ecoglows - never using those again! roll.png

Don't give up - and DO NOT read back. You don't have to keep up if you can't. Sally and the other more experienced folks are really good about repeating or linking back to important hatching info posts.... Chatty thread, but good hatching stuff here, too! So glad you're here!!!hugs.gif

It's the stress-free tractor design - I bought it here, worth every penny (and I also felt it was important to support this guy). Got turned on to it by JessicaThistle over on the first time meatie thread:

Note that there are two small errors in the cut list (if you buy the plans, let me know and I'll save you the pain...)

Originally designed to raise meat chicks (just sleeping on the ground, etc.), but has worked nicely as a growout coop (I just parked it). My modifications are turning it into a more "permanent" coop structure for growouts and breeding, or small family groups. I raised my current Naked Necks in the first one I built, no real structures inside, and although I gave them short roosts, they preferred to sleep in a pile in the bedding. They are fine and healthy, but they never learned to "go up" into a coop or roost. They are fully grown, BIG birds that still sleep in a big pig pile on the run floor every night like children, despite me building a VERY nice henhouse with roosts for them. (I tried to relocate them MANY times.) I'll never make that mistake again - all growouts will be given the options to roost in a raised area from now on.

OMG, I love this!!!! gig.gif

OK, I'm caught up, and it's late, so I really have to go to bed. Lots to do tomorrow!!!!!

- Ant Farm 

I've seen that one before, and have been thinking about buying it for a while. I probably wil, but what were the measurements that were wrong? I want to make sure I don't forget and mess it up!

No, the measurements are right, but in the cut list, the boards you prepare are identified by letter. It calls for two "H"s when you only need one, and it calls for one "K" when you need two. You can figure it out when you look at the diagrams, but if you're not careful, you're about to start putting it together, and you find you're either missing something or have an extra. It's annoying...

post #68322 of 157631
Originally Posted by attimus View Post

the full circumference of the ring shouldn't exceed the rotted looking wood. The hammer and chisel would work great in this situation paired with a sawzaw. Make short straight cuts into the bad wood on either side and use the chisel to pop chunks away

live grow and learn.

live grow and learn.

post #68323 of 157631
Originally Posted by BantyChooks View Post


This it?
It didn't specify the lumens in product description, but the company's reply to a customer question about lumens was 250.

That be's the one! You're good!

3 Little Red Hens (RSL),1 big BCM rooster , & a raft of their youngin's

Not but 3 kinds of snakes I'm afraid of; big ones, little ones, and live ones

Have Crappie rod, will travel

Call me Ken,Whites, Whitey, or Red Dog; just don't call me late for supper

3 Little Red Hens (RSL),1 big BCM rooster , & a raft of their youngin's

Not but 3 kinds of snakes I'm afraid of; big ones, little ones, and live ones

Have Crappie rod, will travel

Call me Ken,Whites, Whitey, or Red Dog; just don't call me late for supper

post #68324 of 157631
Originally Posted by kwhites634 View Post

That be's the one! You're good!
post #68325 of 157631
Originally Posted by howfunkyisurchicken View Post

Here ya go!

Fricken droolin.gif
post #68326 of 157631
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3/13/16 12:30 PM Sunday     ***********BANTI's RECAP post #68130


karenerwin 3/14, MiraJane March 21st, Shahtir101 March 22nd,   country lovin March 24th, flocktastic  & Chickenwolf March 26  MotorCycleChick April 1st

Making Bators:

Canadachickens, fire 4th cabinet, CliftonFarmer cooler,  lazyacre  cooler, shahtir101 coolerbator  louly coolerbator Bantychooks coolerbator

Joey Ur-ur-ur-ur post #58273

mrleeroy update post #57336

Chaos18 post #60710


FireAntFarm aka Kristins Tractor coops post #67119  post #68140 post #68171



ChickenLady2014 aka Lisa EHAL ~ Day 7 candling results all 17 CCL are fertile, 2 might have a early blood ring started, will recheck day 14. My 4 contributed eggs not fertile, so my total is 17/21 day 7.    Oh almost forgot, fired up my hatching bator last night & set some test eggs for fertility of my Silkies & SFH. And had more Icelandic to go in. So I have 8 Icelandic, 4 EE mixes, 4 SFH & 12 Silkie eggs for a total of 28 set on 3/9/16 pm. Keeping fingers crossed that my Silkies have finally gotten back up to speed after all of their broodiness. These will be a challenge for the next week until my first bator goes into lockdown. This one doesn't have a fan & my 3rd hygrometer doesn't work well, but it will be, what it will be, lol.

Fire aka Hero always hatching! shoved 8 under a broody Cochin tonite.
Sally Sunshine Always hatching! cochin legbar marans ducks projects serama olive eggers etc.
NestingHillsSC  aka Tony always hatching!
Casportspony aka Kathy aka Kat always hatching
TJChickens aka TJ Always hatching

DHetzle aka Dennis  always hatching


PHAGE always hatching! 

Hatch update: lots hatched - about 50. Sorry I did not get a pic of them and now they are all gone.

BUT- there are about 30 in the bator on day 9 ish and about 100 waiting to go in tonight.
Breeds are:  Bcm, BF, CL, swedish black, dwarf olansk, mottled orpingtons, bss orps, and a bunch of other rare breeds.


jwlpoultry aka Justin  Always Hatching!

3/6 2 Brown Chinese/ White Chinese goose eggs
3/7 30 Texas A&M quail set
3/11 19 Idaho Blueback Pheasants set Feb 18
3/12 13 Rhodebar, 7 barnyard mix, 3 Rhodebar/Lav orp
3/26 1 Brown Chinese/White Chinese goose egg
3/27 1 Toulouse goose egg
Set my eggs for the Easter Hatch-A-long.
1 Brown/White Chinese goose egg set 2/26
1 Toulouse goose egg set 2/28
4 Ameri-flower
2 OE
1 EE
3 Maran
3 Lavender Orpington
20 Rhodebar
31 Barnyard mutts
10 Lavender Orp/ Rhodebar
3 LO/ Unknown breed Splash hens
With a grand total of 81 chicken eggs set around 12:30 p.m and 2 goose eggs

3/8 1 of 2 goose eggs have hatched and other is pipped.
7 quail chicks and I have 8 others in lockdown that havent showed any pip


Canadachickens  aka cc Set my eggs for Easter today.3/6
8 leghorn  8 Easter eggers 8 Columbian rocks 6 silkies
Saris aka Lacie I've set 37 eggs for the HAL!  Bantam Phoenixes and Ameraucanas! I also had one of my SiAm eggs turn blood ring. Sad face... I still have 3 left. I hope they make it.

LocalYokel aka Yokel 13 Dominicker   5 Leghorn, may be White or Brown, mostly Whites in that coop.(Not the cheery oldish dude Whites)  Hope the Doms and Leghorns are fertile.  7 RIR 2 out of 3 eggs under broody bator are alive/developing, 1 RIR 1 Leghorn, tossed the other.
4 out of 5 Leghorn in bator showing veins! I have 5 White Leghorns in the bator right now Due the 25th

Venymae  I set 24. EHAL Feeling much better. Only my belly button is still a little sore. Pops surprised me with 24 of his eggs that he wants me to hatch so The spouse and I fixed ugly and joined the Easter Hal. They will be more greenies. 6 Eggs in lockdown today. Day 18. 3/12


Daxigait Hatch 1: 3 ccl, 7 Swedish flower hens, and 8 EE that were set on the 7th. Hatch 2: set 2/22 12 Ameruacana, and 2 blue black splash English Orpingtons
Replacement chicks ordered for next week. 3/1 Lockdown on the first group (ccl, Swedish flower hens, and EE)!  Lockdown tonight on my Ameruacana and two blue black splash English Orpingtons fl.gif. Oops tomorrow, getting excited

gotro17 aka Shellee  I had 44 in the bator for the HAL and just candled. None of my Foley line, Silver laced Wyandottes seem to have been fertile. Minus 8 there. 1 CCL of 2 is going strong, the other is scrambled. 1/1 olive Egger looks good. 13/18 Foley Blue Laced red Wyandottes and 12/12 lavender Orpingtons are good... 35 still, altogether-

Hawk12 aka Kristie Update: My total for the HAL is 79.

19 blue partridge and gold partridge brahmas

4 red orpingtons

4 red cuckoo orpingtons

3 silver partridge orpingtons

7 laced orpingtons

3 white orpingtons

25 choc/choc cuckoo orpingtons

2 jubliee orpingtons

12 black/blue copper marans


Peachickie aka Nicole Decided to set a dozen guinea eggs today, didn't have room in my cabinet incubator sooooo started up one of the backup 'bators

Auroradream26 aka Jess  3/8 32 turkey eggs on lockdown  HAL I set 101 eggs total

26 turkey (royal palms, mottled black, silver dappled)  9 silkies (shipped eggs)  66 chickens (ameraucanas, EEs, sex links, olive eggers)


Fire Ant Farm aka Kristin I just set 8 cream legbar eggs (all from Lissa) in the Brinsea.

S5apiotrowski aka Anastasia aka AC  I am setting 15 eggs tonight for the Easter Hatch-a-long.  I have 12 easter-eggers (some should be olive eggers) and 3 Barnvelder eggs - all from my flock.  Will be a little late - but almost decided against setting... I'll be moving soon


Chicken Hawk33  aka CH aka Seth setting a goose egg 2/16  goose egg number one is on day 17,embryo growing big and very active do to hatch between the 15@19of March.eggs two too five are on day five.all have hearts.those are due to hAtch between the 28@31 of March.

Jessimom aka Kathy  22 eggs set on 3/2 - a mix of Silkie/Sizzle/Frilkie and Cream Legbars  They started out in the Incuview, but are now in my LG.  Late on 3/5 we set 15 Blue Bantam EE's (Thanks TJ), 16 Spitzhauben eggs (Thanks Crazytalk), 19 of my own Silkie eggs and 6 Trader Joes eggs that I doubt are fertile, but I'm trying anyway.  These are all in the new Brinsea.  I added another 4 Trader Joes eggs in my LG.  So, a total of 60 eggs for the Easter HAL.  

HeatherMarieR I had one Ancona starting to hatch yesterday and 4 others still alive. I have quite a few Cochin eggs in the incubator, and some Muscovy eggs. My dogs killed my favorite Muscovy hen the other day, and I'm really hoping that I can hatch some of her eggs.
country lovin  aka Ty 1 marans 2 Olive eggers on day 19 put 35 mixes in on Thursday due to hatch on my bday and 5 mixes went in today!

caeti21 12 conturnix quail placed 2/21  24 rir eggs 2/21   3/9 Well i put the quail eggs over yesterday i had about 4 that looked iffy but i transfered them over anyways , my last lockdown i had a zero hatch out , but miller company sent my new temp controls out and i got them replaced so hopefully bad hatch run is done for rir eggs go in lockdown tomorrow
butterfliesdoku aka Vanessa My next hatch is due the 8th chicks hatching? @butterfliesdoku 

sarah25bear aka Sarah   My update is 41 eggs the farm chick variety of partridge Cochin rooster mating with rir hens and barred rock hens starting at 9pm tonight.


CyndiD  I received my SWH, I pulled the plug on them Sunay March 6th, they were all clear except for 1 blood ring. I received a 2nd batch of SWH today and will set them in 2 days.
I have in my bators right now:
12 Pekin duck
3 F/W Runner duck
2 Seabright
2 NH
7 LH
2 Wyan/Aus mix

Meaghan Just put two duck eggs in the incubator this morning 2/15. First time experimental hatch!  I set literally 10 or so breeds/mixed breeds. I got eggs from friends and my girls. There are 50 eggs total. @Meaghan how did this go? Got an update?

bauerdog aka Joanne 3/3 just set my eggs for the HAL. 33 total, paint Silkie/showgirls, CCL, Sapphires, white leghorns, Isabelle leghorns, project blue duckwing leghorns, BBS Barred Rocks and BBS Copper Marans.

DON956 Just set 48 eggs at 12pm central time.  2/19
12 RIR  12 Delaware  12 Plymouth Barred Rock  12 Golden Sex Link  Due on the 11th of March,

45 eggs left Went to lockdown yesterday with 45 eggs out of 48, yesterday afternoon we had severe weather and lost electricity for 5 hrs and my bator temp went down to 78 degrees. Any hope on my eggs to hatch?


Chicknlvn . so it's my first time incubating. Today is day 7 so this morning I candled all my eggs (36 total), marked air cells and pulled blood ring/cracked eggs. Now for some reason I can't get my humidty to stabilize.... it's up to 38 and I can't get it to come down and stay down. @Chicknlvn how is it going?

Akrnaf2 aka Benny Sal. Count me in! Theis is my second setting! 4 Rumples Aracauna 5 BPR 3 PPR  This time I am hopping for an higer percentage, of sucsseful hatches!



12 Ancona eggs (pulled two clear day 7) now have 10
16 Dominique eggs
16 Partridge Chantecler & Partridge Chantecler/Java mix

Total currently in bator 42


Roada Red I have 14 of my flocks eggs in the incubator today is day 8 and they are starting to form and they are mixed with my EE rooster and americauna hen that is also mixed with barred rock salmon faverole and silver penciled rock  3/1 I have 14 chicken eggs I set a few days ago if that counts also


NaJoBeLe aka Nathan Update. 3/12 pulled the last 4 shipped eggs. Let them stay till day 10 and they were still clear. On a positive note I'm showing 37 for 37 developing of my mutts for the Easter HAL. Added 37 of mine for the Easter HAL. 


pjnbill22 3/5 @ noon, Set:
12 assorted Silkie 5 Buff Laced Polish
10 Lavender Orpington (drove 2 hours each way last night for these)
2 chocolate Orpington (gifts from LO lady)
1 Jubilee Orpington (also a gift from LO lady)
3 Ameraucana (not EE)
2 mystery eggs- Ameraucana or EE, not marked, so we'll see
15 White Plymouth x EE aka barnyard mutt
3 Easter Egger
7 Midget White Turkey (set 2/27)
= 60 total- hoping for a bountiful hatch

3/7 set= Fertile eggs $5 a flat- big, small, white, tan, brown, green, blue. I bought a flat, brought them home and let them sit next to the nearly empty incubator for 2 hours. And then... Yes, I did it, I have an incubator full of "opportunity eggs" as of 8 PM Monday.


Mirajane  10 Ayam Cemani Eggs set March 1st, due March 3rd    12 Mille Fleur D'Uccle Eggs set March 3rd, due March 23rdA friend gave me 4 Mille Fleur eggs he wants hatched for him. The father could either be a Silver laced Wyandotte bantam or a Red Jungle Fowl, full sized. Going to set them tonight3/7  3/11  My candling results so far!

My Ayam Cemani eggs don't count, but are on day 11 now. 6/11 are alive. They were shipped really roughly from Idaho to California. Set March 1st.

My Mille Fleur eggs are in for HAL, day 9, I just candled them and only two were clears! 10/12 are alive! Shipped all the way from Georgia to California! That's a long way! Set March 3rd.

My 4 eggs from a friend that I set for HAL. On day 5, candled today and 3/4 are alive. Set March 7th.


Cynthia12 Got my Shipped eggs today..anyone else get some EE eggs from the Hutson family in Colorado?   For the hatch a long?   Let me know..would love to compare as we go along with the hatch.   I can almost guarantee fertility on these.  Had 29 hatch out of 32 that went into lock down...they sent 36.

My Mille Fleur eggs came today from Georgia to here in California. All 12 are intact, and 3 have bad saddle cells, 2 others minor saddle cells, and they are looking great for such a long trip! My Ayam Cemani eggs I set yesterday, and 10 are in.  c


BantyChooks aka Bubbles aka Banti 11 OEGB mutts and 1 EE egg (oops..) 3/5. Temps are perfect as of day 3. I'll be buying myself a congrats/ consolation prize of 5 leghorn pullets and an EE roo at the end of March NOW so I'll have chicks either way... Or both ways!! LOL.  Did a reallllyyyy super quick day 5 candle, and 11/12 have clearly visible veins!!! AC's look great too... This batch is going SO much better.


lindalouly quail hatch I will be setting tomorrow at 4.. 11 eggs total in my bator...2/28  I set four eggs. 3/5


Shahtir101 I got me a broody serama! She has 3 eggs under her right now and my friend is going to bring me more serama eggs to put under her tomorrow! That means I won't set for the EHAL, but will still be around the same time.  Set 6 more serama eggs They are due to hatch on the 21st of March! Right before my birthday! 3/12 I candled the broody eggs and only had to take out one that died earlier


Finnie am running a practice batch of chicken eggs in a styrofoam cooler-bator I made over the weekend. (I didn't want to run a test hatch in the Incuview, and then have it occupied when the turkey eggs are ready.) Plus I was kind of curious to see if I could make a diy that really works, so I just did it. @Finnie what did you set and when due? have update?


lozerface79 aka Matt 13 eggs and counting. We are calibrating the bator and putting the eggs in tonight! 3/3  3/10I dont know if anyone is uo but we nust candled and nailed it! Most eggs had veins(though we couldnt see a lot of them cuz brown eggs) and the aircells were for the most part the size they should be. Some were a little small though. We are ready for next candle!!


howfunkyisurchicken aka Nichole  EMU!

Just got done weighing the emu eggs. Here's what's going on (I'm calling the eggs what they're marked, so CE, CH, CI and CQ):
CE-632g, needs to loose 94.8g (11.85g/week). Target end weight 537.2g.
CH-685g, needs to loose 102.75g (12.84g/week). Target end weight 582.25g.
CI-666g, needs to loose 99.9g (12.49g/week). Target end weight 566.1g.
CQ-598g, needs to loose 89.7g (11.21g/week). Target end weight 508.3g.

I'll weight them each Friday to check weight loss and adjust humidity accordingly. I'll start with 35% humidity and a temp of 95.5F near the center of the egg. That should put them hatching somewhere around 4/23, maybe a little before. I hope.  I forgot have have 2 broodies sitting on eggs! One should be due to hatch soon. She's sitting on one Silkie/Sizzle egg and 4 Olive Egger/Silkie mix eggs! The other just got started the other day and has 4 Silkie/Sizzle eggs.


DianaMallory  Day 21 and 11 out of 15 eggs are hatched, 4 lonely eggs remain in the incubator. All 11 are all fluffed up now and in the temp brooder box. this was my first hatch ever, and The one thing I will do different next time is, I will use a separtart box for hatching! I just hope I can get the smell out of the incubator! YUCK! Now I know why the video I watched used one for incubating and one for hatching. 


firedragon1982  Ducklings are here!! This was a pic my husband sent me at work. Had 1 hatch right when I was getting ready for work, a second hatch as I ran out the door. We are now up to 6: 4 girls 2 boys, with another on the way! One was DIS. It had zipped half way then stopped but was moving when I saw it, and of course I had to leave so I had my husband assist it, and it was dead, but came easily out of the shell. No idea what happened and it was a girl  One goose egg had pipped last night. Nothing from the other 2 yet 3/5


flocktastic aka Mrs. H Set 42 eggs tonight (3/5) at 11:11pm CST!

6 Ameraucauna eggs shipped from sahwithchicks
6 exchequer, 6 marans, 6 Ameraucauna from a last minute local source and 16 random barnyard mixes from our flock (includes barred rock rooster over Easter egger, barred rock, black jersey giant and black sex link)


chickygirl7 10 cream legbar eggs, which will hopefully hatch for Easter.


rlhagan56 Hello, hope I can join in here.  I started incubating my first batch of 21 eggs 4 days ago.  9 of them are shipped eggs and wouldn't ya know it, our electricity has gone off twice now and a blizzard hit after weeks of 60 degree weather.  I kept a quilt over the incubator and it only lost heat down to 84.9 degrees and the humidity climbed to 65 each time.  I just couldn't believe what happened!  I have  the 9 Ameraucana eggs, then my own EE, BLRW, and Silkie eggs.  All pullets so just an experiment.


justkat59 Hatched out 10 out of 16 shipped BCM. This is my second hatch this year. Also have 6 Pekin Ducks in the bator now due to hatch 3/18. Then putting in some leghorns after that. I also have a broody RIR that has set up her best in the Ducks house. Hatching is addicting.


shellikirbey 7 new baby's out of 10 looked like never turned and one did get in air cell but never pipped shell and the other looked liked only half grew..I had to help one cause it was Peck at top and made big hole at top but never finished zipping and was drying on bottom so I took finger in warm water and applied to dry spot until it come loose and it came out in my hand and I put back in incubator for awhile and he layed on side longer than others did but he is up and eating now.


Torch404 I set 6 eggs, brabanters, a couple days ago. Going to candle tonight and see if I have veins. I'm going to be adding six eggs a week a part and try for a staggered hatch. Excited!!!


billiejw89 3/7 21 of our eggs are still looking great! I'm fixing to order some serama bantam eggs from MPC, my son has been wanting some badly! 


gardeningmama Also, thanks to Trish who is just wonderful I have set my eggs!!!! 9 Serama, 3 Lavender Marans, 9 Splash & Partridge Brahma, 15 Silver, Lav & Black Am's, & 6 OE's (CCL x Marans). Can't wait to see these babies hatch  BTW, this thread is lightning fast, OMLord!!


politicalcenter We got 13 chicks total and a couple of duds. We have about 40 in the bator this time.

They are silver lace Wyondots (sp) and Buff Orpington. We also have a couple of Australorp. We just gathered the eggs and put them in


henhoneygirl I just love how perfect this hatch has gone!! Everyone that's pipped so far has hatched and I haven't had to help ANYONE!!! Even the chick that pipped on the wrong end did it all by himself! This is just awesome, I'm so happy right now!! I've learned so much since my very first time hatching and this just feels like the big culmination of everything I've learned. YIPPEE!!!!


Cochix aka Tricia 3 doz BBS Amereaucana's  1 doz mixed eggs - should produce EE and OE.  9:20 am -3/12  48 eggs loaded in bators, settin time


stryker Tomorrow is day 21..3/13  The two broody hens are getting cranky with me.. I usually can do lots with them but today they were upset I was there. Going out to block off the front of their nests so other chickens will leave them alone. 13 out of 14 eggs are fertile. Not bad!


Pensmaster Ehal eggs they've lost average 6% weight. 33 of 38 going well. 3/13




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Edited by Sally Sunshine - 3/13/16 at 9:34am
post #68327 of 157631
Originally Posted by howfunkyisurchicken View Post

Day 9 for the first 4 and day 4 for the second 4 big_smile.pngfl.gif
long ways to go.LOL hope they hatch
post #68328 of 157631
Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post

I'm just going to clean up my tools and give up. I can't do this alone anymore.
Thanks for the suggestions.

Good morning MC. Hacksaw sawsall are all good suggestion. You won't have to cut all the way though most bolts will break with a hammer after cut half way through. If it were my bolt I'd leave it. It may come in handy for a latch of some kind some time.
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I just candled my eggs (before I get tired and yucky outside). Update! @Sally Sunshine 


They're pretty dark, because they're from my CL that lays the most saturated eggs (which is why I'm hatching from her!). But I see good veins/signs of development in 7 of the 8 I set. One seems like it's either clear or an early quitter, but it's so dark, I decided to just put it back in, just in case. I'll check that one at 10 days and pull it if it looks dead/clear then. Haven't done the math, but the weights seem to be going down appropriately, and the air cells look good to me for 7 days - I think? Here's a couple photos (one is dark - sorry), what do you guys think? (I'm still new at this). Running 100.5-101.0F and about 32% RH (calibrated). 



- Ant Farm 

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Originally Posted by Ruthannnall View Post

What is up with my duck egg? See that dark spot on the bottom left

Not sure what that is... I think Kat had one like that too!!  @casportpony


Originally Posted by canadachickens View Post
Originally Posted by Sally Sunshine View Post

OMGERD  dont bother attempting to read back!! I am not even that nutty!!  although some are! hide.gif

Hey, I resemble that remark! gig.gif




Originally Posted by hippiestink View Post

Morning folks. :caf


Writing a new story, been wanting to get back into writing in general and I now have the chance.



Originally Posted by BantyChooks View Post

Mornin folks. frow.gif

Guess who gets to candle today! celebrate.gif



Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post

Ohhhh! Well, I get to candle too!



Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post

Patrick Swayze and John Stamos. Good morning, ladies! :drool





ohhhh MY


Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post
Originally Posted by mrleeroy View Post
Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post

Sometimes when I show up, often when I leave.

Whatever you always bring the fun!

:hugs Thank you



Originally Posted by Cluck cluck moo View Post

Good morning

Good Morning!!!!!  did I ask if you have a nick name you wish us to call you with @Cluck cluck moo


Originally Posted by Cluck cluck moo View Post

I'm not really here

oh dang that sucks


Originally Posted by Cluck cluck moo View Post

I don't really know. This website is weird. One minute I can post, the next it is threatening to arrest me for saying hi!

really weird agreed


Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post


I need to buy that mug for Mike!  @mlm Mike  future piggy!

Originally Posted by mlm Mike View Post

Good Morning Everyone! :frow

speak of the man and he shows up!!!!!! :hugs


Originally Posted by fire370 View Post

Good morning!!!

@fire370  enjoy your finishing up the builds!!


Originally Posted by Blooie View Post

<Blooie takes a deep breath and dives in....>






Originally Posted by chicken hawk 33 View Post

Goose,egg. Thing one is in's still alive.YAY.



Originally Posted by lazy gardener View Post




Originally Posted by BantyChooks View Post
Originally Posted by chicken hawk 33 View Post

Goose,egg. Thing one is in's still alive.
Great!! celebrate.gif

PS. I see you there Sally, good morning!

peeeeker booooo


Originally Posted by lindalouly View Post

Good morning you all.... Hope all is well.

louly love!


Originally Posted by kwhites634 View Post

Hello, Darlin'  :hugs :hugs

whites... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Originally Posted by SilverHair View Post


these are the ones I talked about last night, neighbor's grandaughter got them RK, anyone have any idea of the breed, 



Thanks SIlver

cutie patoooties silver!!


Originally Posted by Pensmaster View Post

Good morning everyone, man I slept in this morning its already 7:40 here. Half the day is gone

Hope I didn't miss much.

Who gets to candle today?

ME never got to it last night!! good luck!


Originally Posted by howfunkyisurchicken View Post
Originally Posted by chicken hawk 33 View Post

what day are u on.that's awesome
Day 9 for the first 4 and day 4 for the second 4 big_smile.pngfl.gif

Mornin Nic!!!  sweet emuuuuuu


Originally Posted by Akrnaf2 View Post

Good morninig all! EYS and BC!

YAYYAYAY Morning Benny!!! 


Originally Posted by kwhites634 View Post

I just candled a freshly laid egg, just to test my recently acquired MagicFly light; worked like a champ. The egg wasn't the darkest of the four, but the two darker ones are so round I couldn't tell which end was which, not that it would've made a difference with no air cell visible so early. The hen who lays the darkest egg of them all hasn't made her contribution yet, so we'll see how that goes later. I'm still a long way from getting darker eggs from the Marans influence, so the jury is still out.



Originally Posted by MotorcycleChick View Post

How do I get this stupid thing out?!



Originally Posted by COChix View Post

Morning all frow.gif

9:20 am - 48 eggs loaded in bators, settin time wee.gifcelebrate.gif Now to try and patiently wait.

@Sally Sunshine



Originally Posted by bubba slak View Post

I see so many people that use different humidity settings in their incubator. Some say from 30 to 35% and some up to 60 and 65%. What's a safe percent to use. I live in Texas.

HUMIDITY  Humidity is NOT a set number!

Its a tool to get the correct weight loss in the egg! post #7068 see Hatching Eggs 101

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