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AM I crazy?!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by sangel4you, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So our leghorns are about 9 months old, and I would really like to hatch some of their eggs incase something should happen to my roo over the winter (he's getting up there in yrs) but as of now I know my eggs are fertile. I would like to get a humidity thermometer which I don't have and start testing temps on my bator tonight or tmrw and get them set by the end of next week at the latest. Buuuut seeing as how I am in the northeast and we are going into our coldest months, am I crazy for hatching right now? I would like to set them so they're hatched by Jan 8th seeing as how I go back to school the 11th and if I wait until spring to hatch, I will be right in the middle of my busiest semester of nursing school when trying to hatch them. I know hatching in winter isn't ideal but I figure this semester is winding down and I will only have classes for the first week of incubation and then hopefully will be free through their first week of life. The other issue is, I have an LG still air so I know that without a fan (which to put it honestly I just don't understand what I'm looking for or how to connect it) that my chances of them hatching are slim anyway. My real concern is that they would only be inside the house for about a week, then they would have to move to the shed with a heating lamp for about a month. depending on the number, they would have to be out in the barn without heat at around 6-7 weeks which puts it around the end of february here in PA. Is this insane to consider? I admit, seeing pictures of fuzzybutts on here is making me a little more eager than I would be, but the other thing driving this is, I don't want to wait until June to hatch! That's too long without babies! ha ha I will probably only hatch 8 eggs with hopes of getting 2-3 chicks from the bunch.
     
  2. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    must be... [​IMG] *whistling away...* LOL
     
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  3. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm gonna give it one more try before you all tell me yes I def am certifiable...!
     
  4. CTChick

    CTChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Connecticut and have eggs in the 'bator. Just a few ... just to "see" ... just in case!
    Laura
     
  5. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
    South Africa
    Since you so what to hatch I would say maybe........but if you have the facilities to keep them warm through winter I say Go! How old is your rooster?
     
  6. cook_kaka_ook

    cook_kaka_ook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would let one of your hens hatch them instead if one becomes broody. This will relieve you from a lot of work instead of the bator. You wouldn't have to worry about temperature changes or humidity and of course turning the eggs 2-3x a day. Just a suggestion if it is possible.
     
  7. sangel4you

    sangel4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    CT chick thanks! I'll keep that in mind!

    Bantimina- he's a little over 5 and I feel he's losing some of his errr capacities lol

    cook- I would LOVE that, except I have leghorns, of which breed rarely goes broody and mine who don't act broody in the slightest. Infact if an egg is left in the nest for over 14 hours without being collected, they eat it. No hopes of them turning I feel.
     
  8. Junkmanme

    Junkmanme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Give it a try.

    The WORST that can happen is that you will learn something. THAT alone ain't bad.

    -Junkmanme- [​IMG]
     

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