Egg hatching advice appreciated ;)

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by annabethd1, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. annabethd1

    annabethd1 New Egg

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    We lost our flock in October and are wanting to hatch the eggs this time as a fun learning experience for our children. I'd like to purchase an automatic egg hatcher that turns the eggs, keeps humidity and temp correct, etc. (as fool-proof as possible). Does anyone reccomend a specific one that is a good value?

    Also, we are hoping for 8-12 chicks of various breeds (we keep chickens for eggs and pets). Where would be the best place to buy eggs? When do I vaccinate the chicks?

    Or, am I better off buying chicks from a place that already has vaccineated the chicks?

    Any tips, etc. are appreciated!
     
  2. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

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    Welcome to BYC!!!! :)

    I think it would be easier to buy from a place that vaccinates. If you go to incubating and hatching section of this forum you will find the answers to your questions.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] I can't recommend a specific incubator, but have a look at the incubator reviews here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/category/egg-incubators

    For hatching eggs, you'll find wonderful links and advice on this thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704328/diary-notes-air-cell-detatched-shipped-eggs

    For even more on hatching eggs and raising chicks:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    And finally vaccinations. For more links check here:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/112920/helpful-references-links

    O.K. I've given you a LOT of reading to do now! LOL Enjoy your chicken adventures!
     
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Ye! Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, annabethd1, [​IMG]! Great to have you with us! Sounds like sumi gave you a lot of homework - she knows her stuff. Good luck to you!
     
  6. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us. You might try checking out Brinsea incubators, they're really nice. Good luck [​IMG]
     
  7. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!!
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    Glad you joined us!!!
     
  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    Sumi has given you a lot to think about. You can check for local people that may have hatching eggs on your state thread in the Where am I - Where are you section of the forum. I enjoy hatching, but it can really be a gamble.
     
  9. Bunnylady

    Bunnylady POOF Goes the Pooka

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    Welcome from North Carolina! [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. annabethd1

    annabethd1 New Egg

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    Thank you all! I decided to order from McMurray! 1 of "everything", hehe:D
     

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