Egg hatching tool kit...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by shelleyd2008, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Just wondering what all you have in your 'egg hatching tools' that you think is a must have to share with the group? Obviously, a good incubator, good thermo/hygrometer combo, brooders, and brooder lights are obvious. I'm asking for the 'extras'.

    Personally, I think everyone should keep a baby hair brush or soft bristled tooth brush in their 'kit', these help to get the 'gunk' off chicks that might have gotten stuck.

    So what is your 'must have'? [​IMG]
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Heavy socks for the lockdown period. I am in a VERY dry climate and during incubation I have to struggle to keep it at 40%, so heavy soaked socks at lockdown are a necessity fo rme.
     
  3. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    I buy a fresh 3-pack of plain sponges for lockdown, same reason as Debi. 3 for $1 and some change, buy fresh every hatch so they are always clean. I'm sure clean socks are a good idea too!!!
     
  4. JustAChickenLittle&More

    JustAChickenLittle&More Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2010
    Florida
    How about good fertile eggs. I know, I know, we all hope for that tool. [​IMG]
     
  5. aceoftrumps

    aceoftrumps Out Of The Brooder

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    Marbles or decorative aquarium rocks for your waterer....one of mine drowned in the waterer.

    Kurt
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Sponges here dry up in about 8 hours. That was a failed hatch. I learned - in the desert you need big thick fat socks soaked.
     
  7. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    Question, why do you remove the shrink wrapping? When I had wrapped chicks, I misted them with water and most slid off with my finger. The rest in patches, it came off while the chicks groom themselves over time. I didn't find it necessary to stress them any further than needed.

    A wet sock! That's what I need. I loose water so fast and the humidity drops 2x a day...thanks for the idea! Too bad we loose socks here like the plague, though. No idea where they all keep going..lol.
     
  8. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    I rarely have any that get 'shrink wrapped', but removing the membrane helps keep the other chicks from picking.
     

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