6th Annual BYC New Year's Day 2015 Hatch-A-Long

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  1. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    It's that time of year again!! [​IMG]
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    At noon on December 11, 2014 (local time), people all over the world will be setting eggs with the goal of hatching out hundreds of cute little fuzz-butts all on the same day: New Year's Day 2015!



    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 start preparing!

    So, subscribe to this thread, add it to your bookmarks, and check back for more details!!


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    We'll also be listing some contests & prizes soon!

    Hatch Participants:


    @abmaddox1981
    @Aliciahess
    @AHenry
    @a little chiken
    @Amberjem
    @Aphrael
    @artsygirl
    @bamadude
    @bantambury
    @batchhatchin
    @Bazy
    @beegirl4
    @blackgoat
    @Book
    @bosingleton
    @Blarneyeggs
    @calichicken
    @Canadianislupus
    @carcar80
    @casportpony
    @ccnbuck
    @celestialdreamer
    @chickee
    @chickiebaby1
    @ChickenCanoe
    @chicken pickin
    @chickkrakidd
    @ChickyChickens
    @coopsbyty
    @copndoc
    @cree57i
    @Cynthia12
    @debsbirds
    @DehlerLayer
    @darkbluespace
    @DevilsDenHen
    @Dish chickens
    @Dispatch273
    @domesticzoo
    @DragonClaw01
    @draye
    @EastTXChickens

    @FeyRaine
    @FreeRanging Hen
    @Foghornnmsprisy
    @FuzzyHens
    @GAGE
    @gevshiba
    @gilchicken
    @halphenchicks
    @hennible
    @hockeydad6791
    @houdiniduck
    @HugHess
    @IronEagle
    @JadeComputerGal
    @jbenson
    @jrc85
    @jgoldy2
    @JLaw
    @Junibutt
    @JW12
    @Kadjec
    @Katies Clucker
    @Kaylish
    @LemonMeringue
    @LittleRedCoop53
    @LogCabinFarm
    @LPeaslee
    @Marks chickens
    @michaelf
    @misfitmorgan
    @MisfitMarie
    @Momof4TX
    @MrsBrooke
    @Nomibear
    @PeepsALot
    @Peep_Show
    @plantgirl
    @Pyxis
    @rachelpotter
    @RanchHens
    @RAnst4038
    @Roan
    @sacrifice
    @shlac
    @shamoguy
    @silly4buttons
    @StarMeKritten
    @Sueg4332
    @sunshinechick83
    @Sustained
    @TexaCaliChick
    @themadchicken
    @tommysgirl
    @tresa78
    @VA Raptor
    @VT Chicken Farm
    @valleychicks
    @Wisher1000
    @Zanlm

    Contests:


    1. Best Hatch Rate

    First Prize: Pita Pinta, Arkansas Blue and\or Partridge Penedesenca Hatching eggs (Courtesy of @ronott1 )
    Second Prize: BYC 2015 Calendar

    participants will need to be setting a minimum of 6 eggs​
    .​
    These can be under broodies or in your incubators. Send @ronott1 a pm letting him know how many you will have cooking. 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

    Prize: needle felted chicken from @blackgoat Click to see sample work and look at the owl
    Winner picks breed
    Open to all hatch a long members except Hatch a long Administrators. Post baby pictures from this NYD hatch in this thread and we will vote on them. One picture per member and no digital editing. Entries accepted until January 8th.


    4. Number of eggs set for Hatch a Long Contest closed!

    Prize: chicken wood cuts courtesy of @Cynthia12
    Winner: @michaelf with a guess of 2247. The total reported egg set is 2360

    Click here and post your guess for the total number of eggs set. Do not go back and edit the number and only enter once. The contest is open from now until Midnight Sunday 12\14. Winner will be announced by Tuesday. Open to all BYC Members.

    5. Farthest shipped eggs that hatch

    Prize: a book of stamps courtesy of @Peep_Show

    For Farthest Shipped Egg - Successful Hatch
    Folks with shipped eggs, your city/state and the egg shipper's city/state will be needed for the Farthest Shipped Egg Hatched contest. Provide the info when you PM Ron @ronott1 with your egg counts, please.

    6. Worst hatch rate

    Prize: Minature egg basket courtesy of @Peep_Show

    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.



    7. Best Hatch Rate using a Broody
    Prize:
    6 NH hatching eggs plus 6+ Sex link hatching eggs courtesy of @tommysgirl

    This contest is for eggs hatched under a broody hen. Send @ronott1 a pm letting him know how many you will have cooking. 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.​


    8. Random Post contest #I Closed
    Prize: 1 dozen Mystery eggs donated by
    @michaelf
    Winner: @Cynthia12

    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.

    9. First of any poultry fully hatched (local time) on New Year's Day by newest BYC member
    Prize: Golden Feather
    Picture required to be posted immediately after hatching.

    10. First of any poultry fully hatched (local time) on New Year's Day (Picture required to be posted immediately after hatching.)

    Prize: $15 Amazon gift card (electronic)
    Please see note above for the first duckling hatched. The same applies for this contest.

    11. Best duckling hatch rate

    Prize: Colour Breeding in Domestic Ducks (Softcover UK import)

    12. Worst duckling hatch rate

    Prize: Hatching & Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl (Kindle Edition)

    13. Most ducklings hatched

    Prize: Magicfly Bright Cool LED Egg Candler

    14. Most Bantam ducklings hatched

    Prize: ABA Bantam Standard 2014 Mini Standard (Softcover)

    15. Most Bantam chicks hatched

    Prize: ABA Bantam Standard 2014 Mini Standard (Softcover)

    16. First duckling fully hatched (local time) on New Year's Day

    (Picture required to be posted immediately after hatching.)
    Prize: $15 Amazon gift card (electronic)
    Note for clarity: Winner will be determined by the hatch occurring the soonest after midnight in their local time zone. This means that the first to hatch worldwide won't necessarily win. For example, if a hatch occurs in Australia at 1 a.m. on New Year's Day, and a hatch occurs in England at 12:30 a.m. that day, the participant in England would win even though the hatch in Australia occurred hours earlier. You'll have to stay up late if you want to win this one!!!


    17. Best quality duckling hatched (As voted by BYC community when ducklings are one week old. Prize contributor will submit a second vote in the case of a tie.)

    Prize: Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition (*Choice of Softcover or Kindle Edition)
    *Kindle edition highly recommended for easy searchability, portability, highlighting, bookmarking, and annotating.

    18. Cutest duckling hatched

    (As voted by BYC community. Prize contributor will submit a second vote in the case of a tie.)
    Prize: Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition (*Choice of Softcover or Kindle Edition)
    *Kindle edition highly recommended for easy searchability, portability, highlighting, bookmarking, and annotating.

    Place to find hatching eggs:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/754060/the-new-crazy-24hr-auction-thread

    Set Dates for Poultry:

    Muscovy (35 days) - 11/27/14
    Goose (31 days) - 12/1/14
    Duck, Turkey, Pheasant (28 days) - 12/4/14
    Guinea Fowl (26 days) - 12/6/14
    Chicken (21 days) - 12/11/14
    Coturnix Quail (18 days) - 12/14/14


    Some dates are getting close!

    Duck Hatching Tips!


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    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/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704328/diary-notes-air-cell-detatched-shipped-eggs

    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

    Incubation Worksheet by Roan





    Chicken:


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    Hatchability Problem analysis.pdf 1,708k .pdf file

    Incubation time explanation:


    Originally Posted by Brookhavens [​IMG]


    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 Thursday, Dec. 11th so our hatch day (Day 21) is Thursday, Jan 1st. Another way to look at it is in hours. Thursday, 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 Monday 12/29 @11:59am. Day 19 starts @ 12:00pm (noon) Monday and lockdown begins. Day 20 starts @ 12pm(noon) on Tuesday and Day 21 starts @ 12pm(noon) on Wednesday and ends on Thursday @11:59am. So on Thursday 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 [​IMG]


    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
     
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  2. Kaylish

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  3. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Of course!

    Welcome to the fun!
     
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    Thank goodness! I thought I was going to have to make one up....like a tall, TALL tail!
    Thanks 'Enablers'...this is why I LOVE you guys!
     
  5. calichicken

    calichicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    What a GREAT way to ring in the new year! If I can find some eggs, I just may join the fun[​IMG]
     
  6. ronott1

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    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    We should be able to figure something out. It should be fine for shipping eggs from up here to So Cal.

    Check with papas poultry and get on his list asap. A lot of folks will likely want to get eggs from him.

    http://www.papaspoultry.com/
     
  8. calichicken

    calichicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    WooHooo!!! Thanks! Is papbrooder in calif? If they have bantam cochin eggs...I am DEFINATELY in! I am limited in the number of hens I can have and want to hatch out some bantam cochins of any color [​IMG]
     
  9. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Jeff is in Redding California so shipping is within the state.

    His website says bantam cochins. He is great, ships great and is a good poultry breeder to work with.
     
  10. calichicken

    calichicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    I am soooo happy I signed onto this thread!!!! Thanks for the reference and I am going to look him up and see if I can get some eggs to hatch NEW YEARS chicks!!!! [​IMG]
     

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