Early February 2016 Hatch - Who's In?

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by CoopDeDoo, Jan 8, 2016.

  1. LalaG

    LalaG Out Of The Brooder

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    Hahaha I love lawn ornaments too :). It's hard to eat eggs for me for a few weeks after cradling this eggs like they are my children [​IMG] I'm doing this with my kids so I feel extra pressure because they are already setting up the brooder for nine baby chicks, ignoring my hints that we may not get any! Hopefully it gets less stressful after I'm not a first timer anymore? I love the fun and funky eggs on MPC but the costs seem so high even with free shipping on some breeds.
     
  2. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try your local state thread in the "Where am I where are you?" section. I have very firm restrictions ( city code and DH [​IMG]) on how many I can have - 6 full grown chicken hens is the actual ordinance. Therefore after 6 years of having chickens - I am super picky about the breeds I want due to the limitations. There isn't any point for me to try TJ or WF since I only want Favs and will be experimenting with Cochins this year. Here is a list of what we have had in the past and reason for no longer keeping them:

    Hatchery Gold/Red sexlinks - too many health issues after 2nd year ( breaking many hearts in the process)
    Hatchery Barred Rock ( see above - had to put down our Polly our 5 y/o last year due to internal laying - it was not quick or easy [​IMG])
    Hatchery Minorca - flighty and sickly
    Hatchery EE - loved her but she was an escape artist, loud, obnoxious, did I mention loud?
    Hatchery RIR - LOUD and mean
    Hatchery SLW - people mean - she would go out of her way to bite you - seriously
    Hatchery Buckeyes - they were super sweet but man could they fly - even with clipped wings they could easily go over the 6 foot fence into the neighbors yard [​IMG]
    Breeder BBS Jersey Giants - beautiful and docile but too big for my set-up
    Breeder Ameracaunas - all of the ones that hatched were cockerels and they were also awesome flyers
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    Breeder Faverolles - Ding, ding, ding - we have a Winner[​IMG] Quiet, docile, pretty, no attempts to escape
    We also have two BBS silkies that keep the two Favs company - they may or may not be staying depending on what hatches. I need eggs more than yard candy unfortunately :( But they are sweet and amusing.
     
  3. LalaG

    LalaG Out Of The Brooder

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    And they are BEAUTIFUL IMO. Our restrictions are tight and it drives me crazy as I have a big fenced backyard and the privacy and space to build a large coop. I wouldnt torture myself with a bunch of loud Roos let alone my neighbors. I found friends a bit farther north with no restrictions who have large coops and who said they were glad to take their pick of anything we hatch and can't keep...but I want to keep them
    All [​IMG]
     
  4. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Current set up:
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    With Cat deterrent:
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    Reason for deterrent [​IMG]:
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  5. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are some photos of the JG hens and Ameracauna cockerels from my 1st hatch 2014:
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  6. TurkenMomma

    TurkenMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of incubator is this? I am searching for something for my classroom to do a bigger hatch than what mine can hold. Cute kitty by the way :)
     
  7. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    What a great idea. It looks like my little giant bator. Here is my cat issue. It's like kitty TV for them. But they are so heavy, they will pop the glass out. Let me know if that really does deter your kitty!!
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  8. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like a Farm Innovator. I got mine at TSC. I bought the still air and turner then added an fan to help control heat distribution.
     
  9. raisechickens

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    I'm in.

    I just put 24 eggs in my incubator this afternoon. 6 are pure Blue Wheaten Ameraucana, 6 are Blue Wheaten Ameraucana rooster X Wheaten Ameraucana hen, 9 pure barred rocks, and 3 BR rooster X barnyard mix hen. I use a cheap Chinese made incubator I got off of eBay and my hatch rates have been between 75-80% so far. Hoping I can keep that up.
     
  10. FloofyChick

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    Kinda similar. Paints have very distinct black spots on white. And the genetics seem a bit tricky with them. You have to breed paint to either white or black to get a 50% paint hatch. And a paint to paint is around 50% Paint, 25% White, 25% Black according to another post on them. Here's a picture of a paint from the parent birds courtesy twin maple ranch. Oh, And today is day four for the paints so I candled, and out of twenty eggs 14 already have significant veining!!
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