Good time to start hatching?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by RockyPhoenix, Jan 23, 2010.

  1. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When is a good time to start hatching eggs? I wanna start before march!!
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    i start right after the first and go till june, but I've got a nice place to brood
     
  3. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the first of JANUARY!?
     
  4. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Like the first of January?
     
  5. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Quote:NOW! [​IMG]
     
  6. OverEggstended

    OverEggstended Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look at it this way:

    You need to keep them totally sheltered and with a heat lamp 24/7 for at least 3 weeks.
    Then they need to be sheltered and at room temp and have a lamp available at night for the next 3.
    Then they need to be kept at about room temp at night but should be able to go in an insulated coop.
    Regardless... they do not lay for a good 20 weeks or so.

    So...

    Even if you get them now... there are no eggs until June-ish.

    Since you need to probably keep them in at least the basement or garage for 6 weeks or so... may as well start now. At least you will not have to worry about frozen water this year!

    I, myself, am eagerly awaiting Feb 1st so I can order! I do wish to start earlier... but the breeds I want in 15 chick requirements (I do not want 25 just yet!) are not on sale until then. And then I gotta wait for them to be shipped!
     
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2010
  7. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i guess i forgot to mention that i use broody hens so they will keep the chicks warm...
     
  8. teddiliza

    teddiliza Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had eggs ready to sell but the gal can't get them till monday, so I put the 7 oldest ones in MY incubator. (Hey I only promised her 9) Hatched some at Christmas, and yes the garage is getting stinky!
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:In that case, you can only hatch when the broodies are willing. [​IMG]
     
  10. RockyPhoenix

    RockyPhoenix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so it doesnt matter when i start them? i have a broody...
     

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