50 eggs! All due at different times! Wow, you're brave! Where the heck are you brooding all these messy duck babies? And a pregnant wife! She's going to kill you!
What is this Lyon incubator you speak of? I've never heard of it....going to Google now!
Good, I'm glad! They look for trouble when they hatch, I swear!! Amy convinced me awhile ago that it was safe to move chicks whenever I want. I've done a few small, staggered hatches and I didn't want the chicks knocking the eggs around that were shipped and not due yet and I literally moved them as soon as they hatched. I just kept a blanket over the brooder so there were no drafts and kept it at 100ish and they were fine. Can't wait to see the pics!
I have the brooder set up in our family room right now but I plan on having a bigger brooder ready in our utility room for next weeks batch of 26 chicks. I'm hoping I can get my first big wave of chicks and these 4 I'm hatching now outside and into the coop by the time the last 20 runners hatch in 3 weeks. How long do you keep your chicks in a brooder before you put them outside? Is 2 weeks long enough if I put a heat lamp in the coop for them at night? My wife is gonna kill me, lol. She says I have baby fever and got carried away with the ducklings. I probably have, but my 11 year old son is gonna take them to the local bird swap and hopefully sell the majority of them. Kind of a life and business lesson for him to find out that hard work pays off!
The incubator is called a Marsh Automatic Incubator and it's made by Lyon Electric Company. The lady we bought it from said she thinks the name of the company may have changed though. This incubator is prob ten plus years old but is made out of hard plastic with a clear lid on the top. It also has a fan and an older, metal wire version of an auto turner. She sold it to my mom for 200 bucks and when I first saw it I told my mom she got screwed, lol. But once I plugged it in it has worked great. My mom had looked it up and found that a new Lyon incubator costs 600 bucks and after seeing how much better it holds temp than the FI and the humidity than the Brinsea I can vouch for the high cost of it. Here's a pic of the ol' dinosaur. That lil red piece of tape below the knob is where you set the temp and then there's a bottle of water off to the right that drips the water right in to keep the humidity constant.
Yea, this poor lil guy is so lonesome and it's cos he doesn't have anyone to play with cos of my staggered hatch. It makes it really difficult to keep track of which eggs need to go in or out. Seems so much easier to just do them all at one time. I finally got him to lay down and go to sleep by giving him a stuffed animal to sleep with. Guess he thinks that's his sister, lol.