Can I divide inside of incubator to keep eggs separate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by InsaneBreeder, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have eggs from three different flocks in my incubator, and I am wanting to know if I can make dividers to keep them separate so I'll know which is which. If this is possible, could I use metal screen? Or some other material?
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I would just mark the eggs with a sharpie marker to identify the different breeds.
     
  3. txcarl1258

    txcarl1258 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did it before in my little giant. Made a divider out of house screen just tall enough to keep the eggs separate, but low enough so it does not hit the heating element. I have also heard of people using the strawberry baskets from the super market.
     
  4. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

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    Don't use a sharpie on the eggs. Use a pencil, but you can separate the eggs in mesh baskets. I have seen it done using 1/4 inch hardware cloth that has been cut and bent to form a basket. There is enough space in the basket for hatching and it keeps the chicks grouped together.
     
  5. InsaneBreeder

    InsaneBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thanks, I will try that!

    justbugged, I have already marked all the eggs, but once they hatch (which is usually when I am asleep), I will have no way to know which chick came from which egg.
     

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