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    Jersey Giants thread for pictures and discussion

    I may have given you half information. The temp I quoted (99.5) is for forced air incubators. I don't actually know the temp needed for still air incubators. You might have had a good temp there.
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    Jersey Giants thread for pictures and discussion

    Yeah, that's a bit too hot. And it explains your early hatch. Have you had any issues with sticky chicks? Or curled toes? Anything like that?
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    Jersey Giants thread for pictures and discussion

    Is your incubator holding at 99.5? Because 4 days early might be a problem. A big problem... I hope I'm wrong. But be prepared for a difficult hatch.
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    Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

    Agreed. My partner and I were discussing this last night and we figured it also has to do with Big Ag. Not in a nefarious way, but.... when you've got twenty chicks they don't have enough combined mass to crush each other to death when they're cold. When you have 500? That's a different story...
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    Washingtonians Come Together! Washington Peeps

    Maybe, maybe not. However, one of the people I live with has dementia.... So that kind of narrows down the suspects.
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    Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

    Thank you. I did edit the post to put the link in. And I'll put it here also. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1126460/wool-hen-or-how-to-raise-chicks-with-no-heat-lamp-and-possibly-no-supplemental-heat-at-all The more I watch those babies outside perfectly happy, the more I think we...
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    Washingtonians Come Together! Washington Peeps

    X2. For the money, yes. The Incuview blows all the others away. And they have a discussion right here on BYC! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/852619/incuview-incubator Even with the incuview there is a learning curve. And, with more expensive incubators the learning curve might be less...
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    Mama Heating Pad in the Brooder (Picture Heavy) - UPDATE

    Thanks for this thread! I'm experimenting along the same lines, but my investigation is focusing on how to brood chicks outside with no electricity at all. I have pretty good success so far with a wool hen. But I'm wondering now how to ditch even the first day's electric warmth. I'm considering...
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    Washingtonians Come Together! Washington Peeps

    Frankly? That looks like a headache in a box. Have you looked at the Incuview? https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/852619/incuview-incubator
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    Wool Hen: Or, How to raise chicks with NO HEAT LAMP and possibly no supplemental heat at all.

    So far, with the outside temp anywhere in the upper fifties to lower seventies, nope. They haven't needed heat. That's with 19 chicks, the wool hen, and yesterday I added a huddle corner. Today I gave away the chicks that aren't pure Jersey Giant, so we're down to a dozen chicks. I'm pretty...
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    The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

    Well, Yeah. Everyone should use what works for them. That said, I suspect as this method gets more use we will discover ways to make it work for everyone. That day is not today, though.
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    The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

    Absolutely will keep everyone posted. On a Facebook group just now I am responding to a person whose emergency is their heat lamp died suddenly and her chicks look like floppy rags. If more people learn that the heat lamp is (for most of us, maybe all of us) an unnecessary annoyance and a fire...
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    Wool Hen: Or, How to raise chicks with NO HEAT LAMP and possibly no supplemental heat at all.

    @micah wotring Ditto. Please don't ever add a bulb to a wool hen. Fire is NOT a fun thing. And it doesn't help the chicks stay warm. ;) See my video from last night. It's 98 degrees in there. They don't need any more heat than that.
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    Wool Hen: Or, How to raise chicks with NO HEAT LAMP and possibly no supplemental heat at all.

    LOL thanks. And I've done a math mistake. They are FOUR days old today, not five.. I'll be correcting that on the videos. Most of them hatched on the morning and early afternoon of Wednesday the 3rd. Only two hatched half a day early, late evening of Aug 2nd. Point being, they've only had...
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    The Natural Chicken Keeping thread - OTs welcome!

    Yep. 19 chicks. I think mass is key to this no supplemental heat method. I know that hatcheries won't send out fewer than six chicks. That's probably the minimum number. Here is how they were doing about an hour ago. It has begun to rain a bit, and they do have a tarp over them at the...
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