At noon on December 11, 2015(local time), people all over the world will be setting eggs with the goal of hatching out hundreds of cute little fuzz-butts all on the same day: New Year's Day 2016!
We'll be updating this post and thread with more information, but we wanted to start the thread early since now's the time to start preparing!
So, subscribe to this thread, add it to your bookmarks, and check back for more details!!
Note: Subscribe by posting in the thread that you want to hatch with us!
We'll also be listing some contests & prizes soon!
Place to find hatching eggs:
Set Dates for Poultry:
Muscovy (35 days) - 11/27/15
Goose (31 days) - 12/1/15
Duck, Turkey, Pheasant (28 days) - 12/4/15
Guinea Fowl (26 days) - 12/6/15
Chicken (21 days) - 12/11/15
Coturnix Quail (18 days) - 12/14/15
Some dates are getting close!
Duck Hatching Tips!
Still Air Incubator Tips!
Hatching tips from Sally Sunshine and chickencanoe!
Incubation Worksheet by Roan
How to clean your incubator:
If it is new, you can just use some liquid detergent. But DO NOT get any water on the thermostat or any other electronics.
If it's used, I would use Lysol or spray a dilute chlorox solution.
Whatever you use, rinse it well and some people put it in the sun to dry. That might not be an option this time of year.
Again, Keep the electronics dry.
Someone in this thread recommends using peroxide.
- Best Hatch RateFirst
Prize: Hatching eggs from @RavynFallen or drawing from @Peep-Chicken
Second Prize: BYC 2015 Calendar
participants will need to be setting a minimum of 6 eggs. These can be under broodies or in your incubators. Send @ronott1a pm letting him know how many you will have cooking. We'll need that info by the 3rd of Jan at the latest to be included in the contest. When the hatch is over, you'll take a pic and post it to show us how many you actually hatched. The picture must be of sufficient quality to count all the chicks. In the event of a tie, the one who hatches the most chicks wins.
- First of any poultry fully hatched (local time) on New Year's Day (Picture required to be posted immediately after hatching).
Prize: 6 mo Golden Feather
3. Random post contest 1
Prize: 6 month Golden Feather
4. Longest Distance Hatched Egg:
Prize: book of postage stamps to help defray the shipping costs from @Peep_Show
Deadline to submit live hatch numbers: Jan 4, 2016
Winner: @Pensmaster Distance was 2975 Miles
In order to enter the contest folks with shipped eggs need to submit their city/state and the egg shipper's city/state (via PM to @ronott1 preferred for privacy reasons) to calculate distance. A viable chick produced by the longest distance will win the prize!
5. Worst Hatch Rate:
Eggs set vs. eggs hatched
Prize: $30 gift certificate to the BYC Store
(Not encouraging anyone to try to win this one, but zero hatches sometimes happen....)
First Place: @chicken hawk 33
Second Place: @ccnbuck
6. Do you love making Crafty things? Is Frosting your favorite glue?
Then we have a contest for You!
First Prize: One year Golden Feather Membership
Second Prize: Six month Golden Feather Membership
Submission Deadline: December 31
- Anything poultry related (coops, houses, brooders, incubators, etc.)
- At least a portion of the entry has to be edible, but not all of it
- Ok to use a kit (not everyone bakes)
- Original work only
- All BYC rules apply
All entries must be submitted as a reply to this thread
Limit of 3 photos per entry
Limit of 1 entry per member
Post pictures in this thread. Pictures cannot be digitally altered(photoshopped) and need to be a good enough quality for us to see the project clearly.
Winners will be picked by a panel of judges.
7. Guess the number of egg set for the Hatch a long.
Deadline: December 14, 2015(after Quail set day)
Prize: BYC Calendar
8. Random Post Number 2
Prize: Egg salt and pepper shaker donated by @Cynthia12
9. Random Post Number 3
Prize: Rooster Pillow donated by
- Open to Hatch a long members
- Must enter guess in the contest thread: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1064922/7th-annual-new-years-day-hatch-a-long-contest-number-7-contest-guess-the-number-of-eggs-set
- No duplicate guesses and one entry per member
- Winner announced after After Dec. 14th.
Edited by ronott1 - 1/8/16 at 10:04am