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I have 3 different breeds in the incubator getting ready for lockdown tomorrow evening.  I would like to keep them separated into breed while they are in the bator as this is the first time with these breeds. 

 

I'm looking for suggestions on how to keep them separated.  I have a Farm Innovator Styrofoam bator with added forced air fan. 

 

 As of day 17, I have 27 eggs in there with a breakdown of 9 Easter Egger, 6  Cream Legbar/ Isa Brown mix and 12 buff Orpingtons.  Eggs are all different color so if I watch them hatch I can tell what breeds they are but in case they hatch while I'm not there. 

 

Thanks!!

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I think you should be able to tell them apart when they hatch. The Easter Eggers should have a muff and probably green legs. The Orpingtons should be pure yellow. (female Orpingtons may have a dark spot on their head). Not sure what the others will be since they are a mix.

I have tried keeping different breeds separate but I also have a styrofoam incubator and it's just not really big enough to put dividers in.  I have used different color nail polish on their wings if I have chicks that look alike when little. But they have to be removed from the incubator as soon as they dry. And if several eggs hatch at the same time then I just have to hope I got them all color coded right.:/

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The gal I got them from said that there could be some pure bred of both because they are all in the same pen together. Guess I will have to wait and see!!! THANKS!
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When I used a styrofoam incubator for hatching, I bought small plastic baskets and mesh bags for washing "delicates" from the dollar store. I cut pieces of washable shelf liner (also from there) and put them into the baskets, the set the eggs in there and put the whole thing into a mesh bag and zip it closed. Put the whole thing into the incubator, and when they hatch, the will stay separate in the mesh bags.

Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

My Poultry Blog

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Raising lots of fun poultry: Cream Legbars, Welbars, Bielefelders, California Greys, and 6 colors / sizes of Ameraucanas

Also Turkeys, Guineas and Peafowl

 

I have eggs and chicks available for sale from some of these breeds, details at my website

How to make a hoop tractor

My Poultry Blog

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I went to the craft store (Hobby Lobby if you have one near you) and bought plastic canvas.  I was able to cut it and then sew it together into boxes that fit perfectly inside my bator. 

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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Originally Posted by dheltzel View Post

When I used a styrofoam incubator for hatching, I bought small plastic baskets and mesh bags for washing "delicates" from the dollar store. I cut pieces of washable shelf liner (also from there) and put them into the baskets, the set the eggs in there and put the whole thing into a mesh bag and zip it closed. Put the whole thing into the incubator, and when they hatch, the will stay separate in the mesh bags.

Great idea! Thank you!!
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Originally Posted by kuchchicks View Post

I went to the craft store (Hobby Lobby if you have one near you) and bought plastic canvas.  I was able to cut it and then sew it together into boxes that fit perfectly inside my bator. 

Wow, that is creative! I'll have to look into that as well! Thanks!
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