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

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

  1. amyg6

    amyg6 Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 5, 2015
    Flower Mound,tx
    How can I tell if my shipped eggs have air pockets? I am new to this
  2. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg Premium Member Project Manager

    Mar 31, 2011
    Wodland, CA
    My Coop
    The air cell will be at the top of the big end--use a strong flashlight or a candler to see it.
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  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Do I know that..dust. That's why mine are going downstairs..like that will make a difference, but at least it won't be in my spare bedroom..they will go into this big broody my hubby built for our dog to have her pups. Will make a great chick brooder. Won't have that many in it, selling a lot that I hatch right now.


    It's big!
  4. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    And there it is! Well then, the picture didn't show up....

  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Later, off I go, good thing there isn't a Trader Joe's around here right now..I just may be stopping in if so..wait..did you all say a health store might have them...oh oh...I might just stop and see, we got a new one in this summer. Will have to check on the eggs. I am wanting some good egg layers by summer, not just silkies. I do have the OE's and EE's, but there is nothing like a good ol leghorn or sex link to have in yard for an egg a day. That's all I am getting right now..an egg a day from my leghorn I got this last spring.
  6. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I don't brood indoors anymore. They go right outside into their brooder when I clear the incubator. This time of year, I use a 250W heat lamp. It'll usually keep the warm end in the low-mid 80s and the cold end is whatever it is outside (I've measured it a 4F before). They do just fine, feather out in a jiffy. I'll never, never keep them in my house again!
  7. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    I got my design information from this site about the original electric brooders.
    The underneath stays toasty and plenty of cool space around it. There's no need for thermometers.
    Originally I used infrared heat lamps but then switched to ceramic heat elements so I could provide them with a dark period each day. The downside to ceramic is you can't tell when they're on by looking at them but they don't break as easily and don't make a mess if they do.
    I started using the Premier 1 heat plates but they don't work when the building is 20F but the Ohio brooders do.
    When temp is critical, I use a temp alarm.

    I asked why there is now a fee for 'fragile' and was told that 'fragile' packages get special handling treatment.

    The 2 eggs due about the 20th were the last nice eggs out of one coop before they all quit and I didn't want them to sit too long.
    Then a dozen from the flock still laying I set for my Christmas Zodiac HAL.
    Today's eggs are from that same flock.
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  8. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

    Sep 3, 2011
    Northern KY
    Thanks for the info! I have been thinking about using some of the under-floor heating for the floor of the brooder and then using a heating plate above. I didn't read the whole article yet, but will later. Do you have a cage around the heating ceramic fixtures so the chicks can't touch it and get burned?

    I find "special handling" with the USPS means setting it in a corner for protection and forgetting about it for a few days. [​IMG]
  9. cutiekk17

    cutiekk17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2015
    New York
    Woohoo! i just set 18 eggs! I'm so excited/nervous. This is my first time incubating eggs and i received the incubator for my birthday.
    I'm worried about this incubator because i've had problems with it since the moment i've been testing it out. The automatic egg turner was broken(plastic piece broke) so i had to glue that and made sure it still worked. It seemed to be hold temps pretty well.
    Although i'm worried about the humidity since i don't have anything else to test it with until christmas(getting a hydrometer as a xmas present) and i'm not sure exactly what i should keep the humidity at. I have it at around 30% right now.
    Also when i put the eggs in i went to reset the days (its marked at 7 days since i've been testing it out) and it wont reset! It just resets the count down time for the egg turner! So now i'm worried that the days will bet all off and if the incubator do anything weird after if gets to 18 days or if it will keep doing what it usually does.
  10. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 Be the change you wish to see. Premium Member Project Manager

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada

    [​IMG] your chicken eggs all hatch!! [​IMG]

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