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Early February 2016 Hatch - Who's In?

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

  1. TurkenMomma

    TurkenMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been putting only 3 eggs in my cart and is still qualifies for free shipping. But, $10 an egg makes me cringe. But I really am curious about what you would end up getting! My calicos and my super blues were about $10 an egg [​IMG]so I didn't let my DH know that!
     
  2. raisechickens

    raisechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    CoopDeDoo - yep, that is the one I have.
     
  3. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Please let us know how it goes with that incubator [​IMG]
     
  4. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have chicken ordinances are can you have as many as you want?
     
  5. TurkenMomma

    TurkenMomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No ordinances here, but I am at the mercy of my DH and our 0.70 acre lot.
     
  6. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a quarter acre [​IMG]
     
  7. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As far as price per egg paid - my average is $2.80 but I have paid $4. That is per egg set - not hatched unfortunately. There is no problem selling chicks or chickens here so I can usually break even selling extra chicks for $5, juveniles 5-10 and hens $12-15. Yes I know that doesn't make up for food and other costs but I still have those anyway for the other birds.

    Edit to add: If I was able to breed SOP birds - I would certainly consider paying more per egg from a reputable breeder.
     
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016
  8. raisechickens

    raisechickens Out Of The Brooder

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    CoopDeDoo,

    My first time using this incubator I hatched 23 out of 30 eggs. I had 1 day 3-4 quitter and the rest made it to lockdown. Had one deformed chick that did not hatch, and the other 5 that failed to hatch was my fault...didn't turn the temp down enough on days 20 and 21.

    I used my thermometer with probe to find the temp of almost every egg holder in the egg racks. It took a couple hours to do this but I now know where the cool spots are. The back corners had the highest variance and are .5 degrees cooler than the rest of the incubator. A couple other similar spots in different areas.

    I did find it is VERY important to keep the styrofoam packing material around the incubator to keep the temp steady. You usually have to add a little water every 3 days or so but it does a great job on lockdown if you add a lot of water and a damp sponge.
     
  9. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice :) I am window shopping other options.... usually not home enough to babysit the incubator but not quite ready to shell out the bucks on a Brinsea if I only hatch every one to two years[​IMG]
     
  10. LilChickens2

    LilChickens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I caved in and candled my first six. I'm going out of town tonight until Wednesday night for work (and I think my shipped eggs are arriving tomorrow...hopefully my husband can follow instructions on setting them up to recover) and I wanted to see how they were doing. Three looked viable, one I wasn't sure, and in two of the small ones I didn't see anything. Since they don't smell and it is early days, I will keep them in there. When I get back I'll candle my other 5 and put in some of my shipped eggs.

    I also ordered another incubator off Amazon and it will be here Wednesday. It looks like a Farm Innovator but it was called something different. It had 4 out of 5 stars so I thought I'd give it a try. I'll hook up Wednesday night when I get home, monitor it all day Thursday, and put the rest of the eggs in on Friday morning.
     

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