Anyone starting a hatch today?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hennyhandler, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Cullman
    I put my eggs in last night so really their first day is not over with. Anyone want to join? This is my first time and it would be cool if I could kind of do it with someone else. Anyone welcome!
     
  2. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I start batch four of my staggered hatches tomorrow. Batch one was only five eggs, and two are pipped today.
     
  3. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Cullman
    What kind of incubator are you using?
     
  4. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a Sportsman this year but last year I did all of my hatching in a homemade job that I bought off eBay. I just use an LG for the hatcher.

    I have a batch of quail that I'm going to have to hatch in my Sportsman though, as the LG will be full of chickens.

    What are you hatching?
     
  5. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Cullman
    I am hatching silkies. Just 4 of them. I figure take it slow the first time. I am using the LG. I know some people don't like it but I have been doing good so far. At least I think so. LOL!
     
  6. CowgirlJules

    CowgirlJules Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I haven't had too many problems with mine. I hatched some birds in it the first year I incubated.

    I've only got five in this weekend's hatch, and one's a pretty small pullet egg. Blue Laced Red Wyandottes this time, but I have Silver Laced in later batches. I have two Blue Andalusian eggs in the batch I'm setting tomorrow, but previous eggs from that pen haven't been fertile yet.
     
  7. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I placed 8 eggs in the bator today. 5 dominiques, 2 polish/silkies, and 1 bantam egg from a polish/silkie mix. I've been staggering hatches and the ones just set will be staggered set #5. Today I have a 2 week old frizzled polish/silkie mix (he was a late hatch and is an only chick). In the other brooder, I have an early hatcher who is all alone, but there are 5-6 pipped eggs in the hatcher now. These will be white and brown leghorns with a couple of unknowns from Dad. All the eggs I'm currently hatching or incubating are for other folks. I place an add locally and offer my hatching service free of charge. This is my first time with goose eggs. There are 4 of those in the bator too.[​IMG]
     
  8. CALI CHICK

    CALI CHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put 16 silkie eggs in the incubator at 9 this morning. [​IMG] This is my first hatch, ever.

    [​IMG] I'm a nervous wreck! I'm still trying to stabilize the temp at 100* since putting the eggs in. Then, I just re-read in the directions (of my old Brower 845) to keep the temp between 101 and 102?????????? I was aiming for 99-100, but maybe that's the temperature I should shoot for since that's what the directions say??? Any thoughts?
     
  9. lemuckley_flock

    lemuckley_flock Out Of The Brooder

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    Not exactly the same thing, but I put 12 eggs under my broody hen around noon today. I was lucky enough to have someone on the boards here local and kind enough to give me some eggs - my roo(s) are still babies. I'm very excited and hoping that in a few weeks we see Mama walking around our yard with little fluffy fuzz following her around. This is going to be difficult for me - I'm so OCD about things like this, it's going to be very difficult to just sit back and let mother nature (or mother hen) take its' course.

    These are the first eggs we've ever tried to hatch.
     
  10. CALI CHICK

    CALI CHICK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhh, I WISH these eggs were under a broody hen. That seems to take all the responsibility off of you at least. If they were in the 'bator' your OCD would totally kick in-mine has! I'm checking the temp (from the window) every 5 minutes. And I have 3 weeks to go![​IMG]
     

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