Early February 2016 Hatch - Who's In?

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

  1. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

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    I've done several staggered batches. I also have 2 incubators. My first staggered was as soon as the Christmas chicks hatched, I did a quick cleaning of the 2nd bator and put in the New Years chicks. The two sets of chicks were fine in the same brooder. But then I hatched some chicks last week, and those chicks were almost too small to put in with the earlier ones. But, I kept an eye on them. Now, I'm hatching more this weekend, and I will need to find another spot to brood these. The other group is just too big to mix them. So, hatching is fine, it's finding a spot to put the hatched chicks that might become problematic.

    I would give yourself at least 5 days for the first group to hatch, and for you to clean up the 'bator, before your next group is ready to go in. You are at a week, so that is a perfect amount of time. Good luck and happy hatching!!
     
  2. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:You have my utmost respect.... normal incubating keeps my stress levels high enough ;)
     
  3. Gone-Quackers

    Gone-Quackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. LilChickens2

    LilChickens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I arrived back from out of town last night and I had my MPC order waiting for me. I unwrapped each one and they have been sitting fat end up since last night. MPCs website was incorrect and they didn't send me 33 eggs as I had feared. But they did send 24 and I already have 11 eggs in my Brinsea (only holds 24 total). I wasn't confident my Yoosoo was holding a temperature so I ordered a Circulated Air Incubator from Fall Harvest off Amazon when I thought MPC had sent me 33 eggs. It has 4 out of 5 stars and I thought I would give that a go. I plugged it in last night and I think I have the temperature holding steady. The humidity on the other hand seems kind of high (I filled all the divets with water) so I need to find that "sweet" spot with the amount of water. I went ahead and moved 5 of my Whole Foods eggs that I set on 1/12 to this incubator and then put 18 MPC eggs into the Brinsea (now I have 24 eggs in the Brinsea). Once I am confident of the humidity in the new incubator, I will put my other 6 eggs from MPC into the new incubator too.

    This is what I have:

    Brinsea:

    6 Mixed Eggs from my own flock put in 1/12 Polish Rooster over Cochin (1), Golden Comet (3), and UI Hen (2)
    I candled all six of these tonight real fast as I was adding my MPC eggs and ALL six had veining. One I wasn't sure if it was a blood ring but I'll give it until Day 14 or Day 18 to see what happens.

    Added the following 18 eggs to the Brinsea today 1/21:
    5 Carolina Blue Sex Link
    1 Lavender Ameraucana
    4 Super Blue Egg Layer
    5 Super Chocolate Egg Layer
    3 Black Copper Marans

    Fall Harvest Incubator:

    I moved my 6 Whole Foods eggs into this one from the Brinsea. I candle each and I don't think I see veining in any. I called the place that sells these eggs to Whole Foods Market to see if they actually have a rooster with their hens and wouldn't you know it, a child answered the phone and wanted me to explain what fertilized was. :shrug I don't think these will be viable but I'll give them a few more days. I put them in 1/14 so they are only 7 days (but I should see some veining, right?)

    Arriving soon:
    6 Cochin eggs from ebay
    6 Salmon Favorelle from ebay
     
  5. Shadow722

    Shadow722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not putting water in mine until lockdown it's holding at 45% RH in both incubators.
     
  6. CoopDeDoo

    CoopDeDoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lucky!I finally have mine holding relatively study in the high 30s to low 40s (ish) with about a tsp added every 8 -12 hours.
     
  7. LilChickens2

    LilChickens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What type of incbuators do you have?

    My Brinsea has the attachment humidity device so I keep it set to 40% but it's so dry here in VA right now it hangs out at 30-35%.

    I just opened my new incubator and soaked up some of the water to get this process going and lower the humidity. Ready to set some more eggs!
     
  8. Shadow722

    Shadow722 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Farm Innovators 4200 and a 4250. I have mine setup in the laundry room that isn't part of the central heat of the house, it has a radiant heater above the door to keep it from getting too cold. The heat from the house goes in there it just isn't ducted. There is a concrete floor and it adjoins the garage on one side and has a back door to the outside. My normal RH in the house right now is 35% Not sure on the Laundry room but both bators are at 45%, so I left it alone.
     
  9. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm with Gone Quackers; I'm curious what everyone does with their chicks/ ducklings?

    I was planning on selling mine (if they hatch) on Craigslist. But who knows; I may be so attached, I won't be able to let them go.

    What do you think is a good selling price for baby chicks? I'll have some purebred Exchequer Leghorns and also some mixed chicks.
     
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  10. LilChickens2

    LilChickens2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also plan on selling most of mine on Craigslist, hopefully before I get too attached. I do have room for about 10 more chickens in a new coop we are building. Haven't decided what I'm keeping yet though.
     

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