It's that time of year again!! At noon on December 11, 2013 (local time), people all over the world will be setting eggs with the goal to hatch out hundreds of cute little fuzz-butts all on the same day: New Year's Day 2014! We'll be updating this post and thread with more information, but we wanted to start the thread early since now's the time to star preparing! So, subscribe to this thread, add it to your bookmarks, and check back for more details!! We'll also be listing some contests & prizes soon! Click here to fill out Member Survey Survey results Hatch Participants: @abmaddox1981 @acemario @AK FLOCK SWAP @alisar @All Henned Up @Aphrael @Avlana @Bama1 @bantambury @billyb @Blarneyeggs @Bluetick340 @brahmabreeder @briansnarr @Brookhavens @bugglesmommy @CackleJoy @Canieldonrad @carriebain @champer @Chase Family @chickee @Chickencame1st @ChickenCanoe @ChickenDoodleMI @chickengirl1193 @chickengirlsTN @Chicken Happy @chicken farmer @chickenlover28 @chickenman80 @chickensnewtome @chicken pickin @ckkat @ClareD @ctfeathers @chickydee64 @ClucksnDucksMI @ChristaK @cluckcluckluke @coopsbyty @Cynthia12 @DMyers764 @draye @EggieRowe @Elliemae 77 @ESofVA @Esti @faerieannette @fallenangel79 @farmerboy1998 @FeyRaine @FinaC @fosterson @Frost Homestead @GAGE @gander007 @Gardeningmama @GerbilsOnToast @gryeyes @Henry wwf @highaltitudehen @insanity @itsbob @JDchicks @JLaw @jlynnet @Kalalyn21 @kara1015 @KimberlyK0509 @knightie @LearningChicken @lizzybaxter @Lynn Landeau @Lrkel @mamahomestead @marmca @michaelf @midwayfarms @mlongworth @MMGerlinger @mmorgan79936 @MontanaDolphin @msladyhawke @mspj @mstricer @Myfourladies @Nancy Jones @Nicky-the-witch @Nonyah Biz @Nuclear Chickens @Penny Hen @omaeve @OrpObsessed @pamygh @Pozees @Pyxis @Quail lover 100 @rochelle1021 @ronniewayne @roostercluck @roostereggs @Rogue @sandman221 @seventreesfarm @silly4buttons @scotter @ShayBaby @SilkieSensation @SoManyHats @starlingsbaby @Summerlove @SunnySkies @supermom1185 @tadpole98 @TCchickengirl @Threedog @TMNfarm @WindDancer @Wisher1000 @Whoops @Wunjo @Zac211 Place to find hatching eggs: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/754060/the-new-crazy-24hr-auction-thread Set Dates for Poultry: Muscovy (35 days) - 11/27/12 Goose (31 days) - 12/1/12 Duck, Turkey, Pheasant (28 days) - 12/4/12 Guinea Fowl (26 days) - 12/6/12 Chicken (21 days) - 12/11/12 Coturnix Quail (18 days) - 12/14/12 Some dates are getting close! Duck Hatching Tips! http://www.duckhealth.com/hatcduck.html Still Air Incubator Tips! https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chookschicks-incubation-cheat-sheet Hatching tips from Sally Sunshine and chickencanoe! https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101 http://www.brinsea.com/customerservice/technote.html http://www.natureform.com/kb/newArticles/12.html http://www.natureform.com/kb/newArticles/4.html http://www.natureform.com/kb/newArticles/8.html Air Cell Charts: Duck Chicken: Incubation time explanation: Originally Posted by Brookhavens Whatever day of the week you set your eggs on is the same day you can expect them to start hatching. (Sometimes earlier. Sometimes later.) We will set our chicken eggs at 12:00pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11th so our hatch day (Day 21) is Wednesday, Jan 1st. Another way to look at it is in hours. Wednesday, 12/11 at 12pm(noon) is 0 hours. 12/12 at 12am is 12 hours and 12pm (noon) on 12/12 is 24 hours. 24 hours = 1 day or Day 1 of incubation. When you read or hear "lock down or stop turning" on Day 18 it means after the full 24 hours of Day 18 has gone by you stop turning. So that would mean that Day 18 ends on Sunday 12/29 @11:59am. Day 19 starts @ 12:00pm (noon) Sunday and lockdown begins. Day 20 starts @ 12pm(noon) on Monday and Day 21 starts @ 12pm(noon) on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday @11:59am. So on Wednesday at 11:59am you have had 21 days (each consisting of 24 hours) of full development. How to clean your incubator: Originally Posted by ChickenCanoe If it is new, you can just use some liquid detergent. But DO NOT get any water on the thermostat or any other electronics. If it's used, I would use Lysol or spray a dilute chlorox solution. Whatever you use, rinse it well and some people put it in the sun to dry. That might not be an option this time of year. Again, Keep the electronics dry. Someone in this thread recommends using peroxide. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/138943/disinfecting-an-incubator https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/331442/how-do-you-clean-your-styrofoam-incubator https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/359793/best-way-to-clean-styrofoam-incubator Contests: 1. Best Hatch Rate First Prize: English BBS Orpington Hatching eggs(Courtesy of @chickydee64 ) Second Prize: BYC 2014 Calendar For this contest during this hatch, participants will need to be setting a minimum of 6 eggs, with confirmation picture posted to this thread on set day. These can be under broodies or in your incubators. Tell us how many you will have cooking and then don't go back and edit your post where you tell us how many eggs you start with. We'll need that info by the 3rd of Jan at the latest to be included in the contest. When the hatch is over, you'll take a pic and post it to show us how many you actually hatched. The picture must be of sufficient quality to count all the chicks. In the event of a tie, the one who hatches the most chicks wins. 2. Best Hatch a Long Participant Prize: BYC Calendar Open to hatch a long members except Hatch a long administrators. Send a PM to @ronott1 after the hatch is over with the name and reason for the nomination. Winner will be announced during the first week after the hatch. 3. Cutest Chick Hatched First Prize: Golden Feather Membership Second Prize: BYC Calendar Open to all hatch a long members except Hatch a long Administrators. Post baby pictures in thread and we will vote on them. Contest open! Post you pictures here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/846149/fifth-annual-byc-nyd-hatch-a-long-cutest-chick-contest 4. Random Post Contest Closed Prize: 12 mystery eggs donated by @msladyhawke Winner announced for post 2314 @tadpole98 Open to hatch a long members except Hatch a long administrators. A post number has been selected. The first hatch a long member to post on or after the number is the winner! A backup post number has been selected to be awarded if the winner declines the prize. 5. Number of egg set for Hatch a Long Closed Prize: 9 Black Penedesenca Hatching eggs donated by @ChickenCanoe Click on the link and post your guess for the total number of eggs set. The contest is open from now until Midnight Tuesday the 10th. Winner will be announced by Friday. Open to all BYC Members. Eggs Set as reported: 1637 Winner: Chickenboy190 with a guess of 1594 6. Random Post contest II Prize: 1 dozen Mystery eggs donated by @chicken pickin Open to hatch a long members except Hatch a long administrators. A post number has been selected. The first hatch a long member to post on or after the number is the winner! A backup post number has been selected to be awarded if the winner declines the prize. 7. Worst Hatch Rate Prize: Line Drawing of the chicken of your choice! (Courtesy of @bantambury ) For this contest during this hatch, participants will need to be setting a minimum of 6 eggs, with confirmation picture posted to this thread. These can be under broodies or in your incubators.Tell us how many you set and then let us know how many hatched(or did not hatch....) We'll need that info by the 3rd of Jan at the latest to be included in the contest. The picture must be of sufficient quality to count all the chicks. In the event of a tie, the one who set the most chicks wins. Good Luck!