7th Annual BYC New Year's Day 2016 Hatch-A-Long

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ronott1, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    It's that time of year again!! [​IMG]

    At noon on December 11, 2015(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 2016!

    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!!

    Note: Subscribe by posting in the thread that you want to hatch with us!


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

    Hatch Participants:

    @WVduckchick (Maybe)
    @Ranger Daryl
    @Angry Cupcake (Out)
    @Terry Morache
    @Tanglin Chicks
    @whirlwind2357 (maybe)
    @yellow duck
    @Marthab1953 (Maybe)
    @Sally Sunshine
    @chicken hawk 33
    @gimmie birdies
    @the jolly onion
    @The Chickeneer

    Place to find hatching eggs:


    Set Dates for Poultry:

    Muscovy (35 days) - 11/27/15
    Goose (31 days) - 12/1/15
    Duck, Turkey, Pheasant (28 days) - 12/4/15
    Guinea Fowl (26 days) - 12/6/15
    Chicken (21 days) - 12/11/15
    Coturnix Quail (18 days) - 12/14/15

    Some dates are getting close!

    Duck Hatching Tips!





    Still Air Incubator Tips!


    Hatching tips from Sally Sunshine and chickencanoe!








    Incubation Worksheet by Roan

    IncubatorWorksheet.pdf 21k .pdf file


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

    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.



    1. Best Hatch RateFirst
      Prize: Hatching eggs from
      @RavynFallen or drawing from @Peep-Chicken
      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. First of any poultry fully hatched (local time) on New Year's Day (Picture required to be posted ​
      immediately after hatching).
      Prize: 6 mo Golden Feather​
    winner: @yummychocolate3 ​

    3. Random post contest 1
    Prize: 6 month Golden Feather
    Winner: @Wickedchicken6

    4. Longest Distance Hatched Egg:
    Prize: book of postage stamps to help defray the shipping costs from @Peep_Show
    Deadline to submit live hatch numbers: Jan 4, 2016
    Winner: @Pensmaster
    Distance was 2975 Miles

    In order to enter the contest folks with shipped eggs need to submit their city/state and the egg shipper's city/state (via PM to @ronott1 preferred for privacy reasons) to calculate distance. A viable chick produced by the longest distance will win the prize!

    5. Worst Hatch Rate:
    Eggs set vs. eggs hatched
    Prize: $30 gift certificate to the BYC Store
    (Not encouraging anyone to try to win this one, but zero hatches sometimes happen....)
    First Place: @chicken hawk 33
    Second Place: @ccnbuck

    6. Do you love making Crafty things? Is Frosting your favorite glue?


    Then we have a contest for You!
    First Prize: One year Golden Feather Membership
    Second Prize: Six month Golden Feather Membership

    Submission Deadline: December 31

    • Anything poultry related (coops, houses, brooders, incubators, etc.)
    • At least a portion of the entry has to be edible, but not all of it
    • Ok to use a kit (not everyone bakes)
    • Original work only
    • All BYC rules apply
    • All entries must be submitted as a reply to this thread
    • Limit of 3 photos per entry
    • Limit of 1 entry per member

      Post pictures in this thread. Pictures cannot be digitally altered(photoshopped) and need to be a good enough quality for us to see the project clearly.
      Winners will be picked by a panel of judges.
    7. Guess the number of egg set for the Hatch a long.

    Deadline: December 14, 2015(after Quail set day)

    Prize: BYC Calendar
    Winner: @silly4buttons

    8. Random Post Number 2

    Prize: Egg salt and pepper shaker donated by @Cynthia12
    winner: @Pensmaster

    9. Random Post Number 3

    Prize: Rooster Pillow donated by
    Winner: @Pensmaster

    Good Luck!
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2016
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  2. Blarneyeggs

    Blarneyeggs Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 22, 2011
    Southeast PA
    I'm in!! Now what to hatch......hmmmmmm?
  3. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    Is this for real
  4. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Hi and Welcome to the Hatch a long!!

    I have a couple of contest donations so I will get those up soon--along with a members list.
  5. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    How you win? Hatch rate. . Cute chick what?
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Hi Rod-T.

    I will announce the contests--so far we will have cutest chick, worst hatch rate and farthest shipped eggs that hatch.

    There will be others.
  7. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    I'm sure I can find some eggs. [​IMG]
  8. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2013
    Billerica Ma
    I am in [​IMG] I don't have a clue what to hatch.
  9. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 23, 2015
    Deer park, Washington
    I'll probably give it a go too
  10. prizepete

    prizepete Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2015
    I'm In. probably with serama eggs.

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