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

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

  1. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2015
    Spirit Lake, ID

    I think there is a hood on it. Looks like it.
    Totally making this for my rooster ( after I somehow manage to make everyone's Christmas gifts, finish photos, and complete my curtains)
  2. bantambury

    bantambury life does go on.

    Sep 3, 2013
    North Carolina
    GAHHHH my internet is always going out!! I havent been on byc in weeks and have anout 50 pages to catch up on LOL.

    Hope all is well! Weather in nc is 70 degreese hot and sunny.
    'Its beginning to look a lot like sunmer'
  3. bantambury

    bantambury life does go on.

    Sep 3, 2013
    North Carolina
    ND IVE MISSED THE SET DATE. Oh boy....guess ill have to wait for the spring to hatch
  4. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    34 set
  5. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

    Aug 21, 2009
    Southern California
    How CUTE!! Santa Silkie!!
  6. Pensmaster

    Pensmaster Chicken Obsessed

    Jan 10, 2014
    Northern California
    How much harder is raising quail than chickens? They one thing holding me back from trying them was the cage set up. Is it something that can be built? Feed efficiency? Can they be raised in an enclosed area such as a barn or is sunshine needed?
    Also the 39% not so random that number follows me everywhere. Another one today was the package the wife had shipped here yep 39 written on all sides. No rhyme or reason. Just hoping for a better hatch rate than that. Too funny.
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  7. Auroradream26

    Auroradream26 Smothered in Feathers Premium Member

    May 14, 2013
    Central, PA
    I gave up on my goofy new broody. She wants to peck me and protect her eggs but won't keep her butt on the nest at night. I took her eggs and the them in the bator. If she's still sorta sitting and acting broody if any hatch, I'll try to give them to her then. I don't have time to put her butt on the nest every night and check her 30 times a day to make sure she's doing it right lol
  8. LocalYokel

    LocalYokel Overrun With Chickens

    It's easier than chickens I think.
    This will be my first round hatching them though.
    Cages you should probably build yourself as they can be expensive.
    I am using a 3 pen rabbit hutch I got for free off Craigslist.
    It's about 4-6 sq. ft each pen.
    I didn't build it, or it would have been wired for eggs to roll out, course it was for rabbits.
    I'm lazy, so I didn't rewire it.
    Feed efficiency is all about keeping it in the feeder.
    They fling their heads when eating, So I place their feeders inside a Jug/Bucket with holes cut in the side.
    They have to stick their whole heads in there, IF you don't do this,
    You will probably be wasting over 50% feed. As long as feed isn't being wasted, they are very efficient.

    Enclosed areas are fine, but you'll want I hear 14 hr light cycles to stimulate laying.
    I hear over 16 hour cycles they can sometimes become aggressive and fight/kill one another.
    I did this with a $4 Indoor timer(which has been working outside for months) and a salvaged refrigerator light socket.

    I hope your hatch rate is OVER 9 THOUSAND!
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2015
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  9. BullChick

    BullChick Not who you think Premium Member

    Apr 17, 2012
    Coffee shop
    Glad I did! The humidity was up!
  10. Wickedchicken6

    Wickedchicken6 No Rest For The WicKed Premium Member Project Manager

    Nov 7, 2015
    Southwestern MB, Canada
    That's fantastic! I'm so glad your eggs "finally" got to you.[​IMG][​IMG]

    Blue. [​IMG] I love blue birds![​IMG] I'm envious.

    Great minds think alike. Stacking...nice! [​IMG]

    That's awesome! I wish you were closer...you could have our pigeons. Our's keep pooping on my Harley. [​IMG]...[​IMG]


    That is an awesome costume and a very amazing bird for wearing it...lol!! My husband suggested we make little New Year's Hat's for our new chicks (jokingly of course) Now he's horrified because I thought it would be a good idea!

    [​IMG]Too funny!

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