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

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

  1. Aprildeesunshin

    Aprildeesunshin Out Of The Brooder

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    you betcha! instead of watching and waiting all summer for eggs! :goodpost:
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    So, how do you do this without them freezing? I live in central NH.
     
  2. Pensmaster

    Pensmaster Chicken Obsessed

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    Thank you. I'm not a night owl and I can probably count on one hand the amount of times I've waited for the new year but, this hatch will do it. Sounds like fun hope everyone gets a great hatch!!!
     
  3. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

     
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  4. vehve

    vehve The Token Finn

    I live in Finland, but the southern parts. And we had one of the mildest winters in a long time. The coldest we got was around -20C. Lost the sole female chick of the batch then, but she was suicidal. Squeezed through a crack and couldn't get back to mommy, and by the time we found her, she was so cold that we couldn't bring her back. But my point is, mama hen is pretty good at keeping her little ones warm. Of course, it requires a broody.
     
  5. rossfam06

    rossfam06 Beak Brokers

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    So I am going to the post office to pick up my eggs today!!!! I hate USPS. So I will not be setting until around midnight tonight if the eggs made it.
     
  6. Pensmaster

    Pensmaster Chicken Obsessed

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    Newbie here on posting. Did not realize I had to quote to responde to you. Thank you for the welcome. This will be fun!!!
     
  7. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Nice eggs to set!
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    Set all the eggs!

    Good Job!
     
  8. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

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  9. canadachickens

    canadachickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, how do you do this without them freezing? I live in central NH.[/QUOTE]
    We have temps in the minus 20-30 C over the winter here as well. My crew usually end up laying in one or two nesting boxes during cold weather like that, and the last one usually sits tight and keeps them warm until I am able to collect. rarely have frozen eggs, they are sometimes really cool, but not frozen. I have hatched from these last year with good success.
     
  10. canadachickens

    canadachickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The silkie eggs I am setting later today have been collected during periods where we have had night time lows of -5 to 0 F and daytime highs well below 32 F most days. I am hopeful they are just as hardy as their larger cousins I have hatched in the past.
     

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