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How to seperate eggs in incubator?

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I placed 23 eggs in a hovabator styrofoam incubator. The breeds can look very similar when they grow older. I looked up some ideas about bagging the eggs but I have no idea where to get those bags. I have some long cardboard pieces that would fit great in an incubator but I don't know if I can do that. Will it affect hatch rate, humidity or temperature? Thank you
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I placed 23 eggs in a hovabator styrofoam incubator. The breeds can look very similar when they grow older. I looked up some ideas about bagging the eggs but I have no idea where to get those bags. I have some long cardboard pieces that would fit great in an incubator but I don't know if I can do that. Will it affect hatch rate, humidity or temperature? Thank you

I've seen people use, plastic canvas to create dividers and plastic containers. I've  never needed to myself but I've seen it done. Cardboard would absorb moisture more, if it's forced air it might restrict air flow, not sure. You said "when they grow older" but are they similiar at hatch?  For after hatch/brooding I've seen people use colored zip strips (tote ties) or elastic bands around the legs.

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I've seen people use, plastic canvas to create dividers and plastic containers. I've  never needed to myself but I've seen it done. Cardboard would absorb moisture more, if it's forced air it might restrict air flow, not sure. You said "when they grow older" but are they similiar at hatch?  For after hatch/brooding I've seen people use colored zip strips (tote ties) or elastic bands around the legs.

My incubator is a still-air incubator so I don't know if the air flow will get affected. At hatch they also can hatch exactly alike. I just want a safe way to make sure the chicks are what I think they are at hatch. Thank you
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I use "hardware cloth fences" in my incubator when I need to separate eggs. I save the mesh bags my oranges come in to, eventually I'll have enough to use them smile.png
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Our local dollar store (Dollartree) has these items I use to keep hatching chicks separated:
plastic baskets about 2 inches high (maybe 5 x 7) - 2/$1
rubber shelf liner 12 x 60 - $1
mesh laundry bags with zippers - 3/$1

1) line the baskets with the shelf liner so the chicks can get a grip.
2) place eggs in baskets
3) insert baskets into laundry bags and zip them up
4) place into incubator for lockdown.

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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Our local dollar store (Dollartree) has these items I use to keep hatching chicks separated:
plastic baskets about 2 inches high (maybe 5 x 7) - 2/$1
rubber shelf liner 12 x 60 - $1
mesh laundry bags with zippers - 3/$1

1) line the baskets with the shelf liner so the chicks can get a grip.
2) place eggs in baskets
3) insert baskets into laundry bags and zip them up
4) place into incubator for lockdown.

I use the rubber shelf liner. Always have, and I love it.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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