A Logic Puzzle For You All (4 Staggered Hatches with 3 'bators)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Cherlyn, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Remember those logic problems we had to solve as kids? I have one now, regarding hatching. [​IMG] I have four staggered hatches, and three incubators.

    Details:

    - 10 chickens due on 15 Sept
    - 40 quail due on 17 Sept (going by 18-day incubation cycle, which maybe is too long)
    - 1 duck due on 18 Sept
    - 6 chickens due on 21 Sept

    All are supposed to go into lock down three days prior.

    Humidity for quail should be as high as possible.

    For ducks, 65% until pip, then 80%, then down to 70% when fully hatched.

    Chickens, humidity 65%.

    I have three incubators. R-Com 20, Covatutto 7, and a homemade one.

    So, firstly, can I be flexible with any of these requirements?

    And if not, how can I meet all of these requirements?

    I had another homemade 'bator, but there were some major flaws in it. If absolutely necessary, I can rebuild it tonight, but it will be without a water wiggler and thermostat. [​IMG]

    ~Cherlyn
     
  2. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I've got ducks, guinea, cortunix & button quail, and chicken eggs in my bator. The buttons are hatching, the cortunix are pipping & the chicken eggs come out of the turner today (day 18) but the duck & guinea stay in for another week.
    Everyone's doing just fine & I just raised the humidity a little for the quail hatch. Otherwise, I didn't do anything differently. Looks like it's going to be a pretty good hatch.
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    Good luck with yours!

    ETA: I have a cabinet 'bator. I also have a hatcher, but only the cortunix are in the hatcher. The buttons are in the bottom "hatch shelf" of the 'bator & the chickens, ducks, and guinea are in the turners. I'll be moving the chicken eggs to the hatcher tonight after the quail finish hatching.
     
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  3. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, keep the chickens and quail together, and just raise the humidity a bit? How about 70-75%; is that a good compromise for the two?

    ~Cherlyn
     
  4. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    My quail are hatching at 65 - 72%. They're doing fine. The humidity raises a little with each chick hatched. Then, after a few minutes, it goes back down. It's at 67% right now.
     
  5. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Excellent. I will keep the chickens and quail together. Thanks!

    ~Cherlyn
     
  6. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am supposed to stop turning the chickens on the 12th, and the quail on the 14. Will it matter significantly if I stop turning the quail on the 12th?

    ~Cherlyn
     
  7. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    No. I stopped turning my cortunix 5 days too soon (due to a math error on my part) and they're pipping now.
     
  8. Cherlyn

    Cherlyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Excellent! [​IMG] Ok, then, I feel better.

    ~Cherlyn
     

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