Can I use wood to build a hatching tray for GQF 1500

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Litewings, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone / anyone. Can I use unfinished / untreated wood to build a hatching tray for a GQF 1500?

    When it comes time for hatching, (day 19) I would stop the egg turner, slide one tray out, place the eggs ready to hatch in the wooden tray and slide the hatching tray in the slot left by pulling the metal tray.

    I'm thinking of doing this because if I leave them in the regular trays they hop out and run around on the floor of the incubator.

    What does everyone think?

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  2. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a similar problem in my 1250 hatcher. The first time I hatched several trays full everyone ended up mixed up on the floor. My solution was to bend up some fences of hardware cloth like this.

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    In the hatcher the trays are wider so it isn't necessary to do down the sides. In the incubator I think you would need the fence all the way around.

    This is what works for me and I can still see what's going on in there.
    db
     
  3. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i too had a problem with some of the hatchlings falling out of their trays and going into the bottom - adding a barrier or fence with the hardware cloth worked for me.
     
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any wood will do.It is nice to have xtra trays.
     
  5. erthymom2

    erthymom2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:suggestion - do not use pressure treated woods due to the glues and chemicals. pine or hardwoods work better.
     
  6. Litewings

    Litewings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I though pressure treated wood would be a no no!

    Thanks Guys

    I like the fence out of hardware cloth idea.

    Litewings

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