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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    In my opinion, the major factors in how well eggs hatch are vigor and handling/incubation technique. You need to have the correct temperatures, you need good humidity, and you need to handle the eggs well prior to setting them. But if the breeders aren't vigorous and healthy, you can do...
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    I rarely candle before day 18, it can be done :lau It is hard though. I'm sure I'll end up doing at least my first batch on day 7 this year though, because I'm doing so many that I'll want to pull clears as early as possible. But overall, I like being very hands-off about it.
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    Australorps Breeding for SOP and Exhibition Thread

    I'll let you guys know if I find out anything soon from the IL DoA.
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    Australorps Breeding for SOP and Exhibition Thread

    She answered! Said she needs to call the state for more booklets anyway and is going to see what they say about when she can get the antigen. She's only like 4 miles from me, score!
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    I got my pullets sorted and the rooster moved to the breeding pen last night. Hopefully he gets very amorous today and I can get going soon. Got the new 1588 home as well. Time to clean up and organize and set up. Need to calibrate all the thermometers too.
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    They're less chewy the younger they are. I don't normally eat pullets, but deformed combs aren't leaving the farm.
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    Yes, pullets with bad combs will be eaten. Ones with good combs that don't meet criteria will be sold. I like to butcher around 16 weeks.
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    Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

    And beware, there are guides out there for canning in Instant Pots and the generics, but it is NOT safe, no matter who claims it is.
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    Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

    I'd far prefer to can my broth too, but ugh what an ordeal. Make it, strain it, chill it, defat it, heat it back up again, sterilize jars, fill, can. I will probably at some point, but not yet.
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    Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

    Our stores are very unreliable with stocking of it. I can usually (but not always) find sodium free beef broth, but rarely ever chicken. I save the backs and necks when I butcher and vacuum seal them together in bags, and use those to make stock then freeze in portions. I don't have the...
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    They'll be eaten.
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    Chronicles of Raising Meat Birds - Modern Broilers, Heritage and Hybrids

    Same, my mother has kidney failure and I work very hard to eliminate sodium wherever possible. Chicken meat and broth are both big contributors.
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    Helen

    I'm sorry :(
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    Tis Time for a March 2020 Hatch-a-long!

    I'm in for March. Making breeding pen choices and adding the rooster tonight. Probably start collecting to hatch on Monday. Plan to collect for 10-14 days initially and then set every week until I'm pretty sure I'll end up with ~200 chicks. As usual, Barred Plymouth Rocks. Hoping to weed...
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    Humidity drop, help please.

    That's awful low, I would suspect whatever device you're using to measure of being faulty. But yes, they're fine.
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