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Best time to start incubating for spring hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Inkheart, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Inkheart

    Inkheart Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    When do most people start to incubate for spring hatch - in the colder weather states? What month generally as a rule of thumb? I have the itch to take a try at incubating! [​IMG]

  2. abhaya

    abhaya Songster

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    how bad is the itch? If you want chciks that will be able to go outside in 6-8 weeks after hatching then you want to set eggs in march maybe they would go out in may then and you would have eggs from them before fall. How long do you want to run heat for them? is really the main question you can hatch chicks anytime. And how bad is the itch? [​IMG]
  3. I'm planning to start incubating around Jan 1 (if the girls cooperate). A little warmer here than Ohio I'm sure, but I want these to be laying by late Summer/early Fall
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2010
  4. Inkheart

    Inkheart Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    Quote:Thanks! LOL no i was thinking mainly when best to be able to put outside after they are in brooder etc. Heck yes the itch is almost so bad i want to do it now!!!! LOL
  5. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Crowing

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    It is not that important as to when you start incubating, you just have to think of where you will be keeping them after they hatch? I never start until at least March because of the weather here in Ohio. It has to be warm enough for them to at be in my attached garage. I got chicks once in late Jan and kept them in my basement under a light. I will never do that again. Everything was covered with dust from those chicks being in the basement for three months. [​IMG]
  6. thebirdguy

    thebirdguy Songster

    Nov 22, 2010
    Idaho Falls
    I'm planning on setting my first eggs around the 1st of March... hopefully the snow will be gone by June next year... If the itch is bad enough, you could always hatch just a couple and keep them inside longer... [​IMG]
  7. Inkheart

    Inkheart Songster

    Aug 15, 2010
    Columbus Ohio
    Quote:Thank you so much - March [​IMG]
    So far away! LOL

  8. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    My first hatch of the year was in April. Still no eggs. Loafers!

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