I am considering getting a cabinet incubator! I just want to know if they are really worth the money! I have several styrofoam batons but my hatches have been less than stellar! Only about 46% or less. It's depressing! Do eggs hatch better in the cabinet? I don't want to waste all that money to not get an improvement! Advice please!!
My Sportsman holds 240 eggs. If its fertile, it hatches. But as others pointed out, its also easy to wind up with way too many birds. Since I raise birds for our familys table also we hatch a lot. It just depends on your families needs.
So I got the coop half built and decided it would be okay to buy our chicks. We're now the proud owners of 2 Americaunas, 2 RIR, and 2 Black sex link chicks...at least for the moment. Got them home and within an hour one of the BSLs seemed to be spending a lot more time on her belly than the others. Then she started laying its head down on the bedding. THe BSLs seem to be a little bit older than the others, so maybe its a behavioral difference based on age. Temp on one end of the brooder is 95 and the other is 83. Now the other BSL seems to be acting similarly. I've seen them all eat since we got them home. Wife is thinking that just may be the way they sleep. Do chicks normally sprawl out when they sleep or do you think something is wrong with this chick? Whatever help you can provide will be greatly appreciated!
They sprawl, stretch its soo funny. Wait til they start dust bathing! First time I saw it I was panicking, thought my hens were having seizures!
Not only are they all safe and sound...they multiplied! There are 16 total now. I'm cut off lol. My reasoning was that I never got my rooster...so I had to buy 6 chicks at tsc to get one. Once I saw they had barred rocks in the straight run bin, there was no going back. On the down side, one of them was pasted so bad that I had to cut pieces of litter out of it's down. Poor thing, I dipped him in warm water for 10 minutes and that was not coming off. He also had been pecked at and was bleeding, so that was dealt with too. This morning he is all good. From what I was originally told, my chicks are 10 days and 6 days, but they look like they have more of an age gap. I think some I got yesterday were more like 3 days. No one is picking on anyone though, so far.
Here is a pic. You can see where we extended their space. Through the doorway is much bigger. They love to go over there and play.
In case no one has said, there are ALL KINDS of goodies at the Bloomington Rural King. I went in on Friday and got some birds.
I got some cuckoo marans, freedom rangers, and guineas.
There are also some heritage turkeys (chocolate, bourbon red), ducks (Indian runner, khaki campbell, pekin)
Welsummer, silver-laced wyandottes, leghorns, red cross ($1!)
And they have ring-neck PHEASANT chicks! Soooo Cute!!
WOW, ringnecks, thats amazing!
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