Hahahaha! Guess what I just got? <smiles an evil smile>

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 4H kids and mom, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. 4H kids and mom

    4H kids and mom Cooped Up

    Mar 10, 2007
    Southern Wisconsin
    We went out to my DH's grandparents house today to visit and help out gramma because they are nearly 80 and we just found out grandpa has some kind of throat cancer. We want to make sure the kids get to see as much of him as possible before he isnt around anymore. He's such a fun guy. He will be missed.

    Well, grandpa is (was) old-school (sort of) with his chickens and he had tons of stuff to give us. Most needs a great deal of cleaning, but is still in great shape and very usable. He had 2 HUGE metal waterers (like 10 gallons maybe? They're freakin big!), a metal feeder that holds like 50 pounds of food (SWEET!), and some other things. But it was what he gave ME last that has me posting here!

    He had 2 hoverbators with auto-egg turners in his old chicken house! They are in GREAT shape and still have all the componants. Both dusty and some cobwebs and what not, but still working! (I tried them out...hehehe)

    So.....my hens are nearly laying (I've been finding a few pullet eggs here and there every few days lately) and the roos have been doing their rounds with them all since like 3 weeks ago. So, their eggs are fertile right? I know not to try incubating pullet eggs cuz they're just too small...but now that I've got the bators...I feel I simply MUST test them! [​IMG]

    Of course I have NO idea what I would do with the chicks, should they hatch, but that would be a good 21 days after anyway, so that gives me plenty of time to find them homes with all you good folks here, right?! [​IMG]

    What else (if anything) do I need to get the bators up and going (when I'm ready to set some eggs I mean)? I know I need a water weasel and a hydrometer (the bators have thermometers and everything else) but is there anything else I need? I'm going to buy a few fertile eggs from a friend of mine in town and try them out to make sure they work before I get all excited and try to hatch my OWN eggs. I think it would be alot easier to fail trying to hatch someone elses eggs lol [​IMG]

    So....all you bator experts here...I am on to trying something new and need all the advice I can get! [​IMG]
  2. mudhen

    mudhen confidently clueless

    Jan 15, 2007
    Shepherdstown, WV
    No advice, but just a great big yahoo and congratulations from me!
    Good luck, and I can't wait to read about your new adventures with this!!! [​IMG]
  3. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    You lucky duck! I am experiencing chicken stuff envy [​IMG]
  4. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    Quote:Me, too!! Very exciting for you, 4H! Be sure to let us know how it goes!

    I also just have to share that I bought a two piece feed tray (and the lid was attached) at a thrift shop a few weeks ago. It was marked "planter, $2". Felt like I'd struck gold!
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  5. cgjsmith

    cgjsmith Songster

    Mar 6, 2007
    I would get a couple of sponges for humidity. and a digital thermometer. I found out the hard way that you really need a good thermometer. I just bought an outside thermometer/hygrameter from walmart and found that my other thermometer/hygrometer was wrong by 5 degrees!! no wonder my hatches have sucked!! Crystal
  6. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Wow! Congratulations! Ya done good. You didn't mention whether they came with their manuals, but, if not, here is the side where you can download the book for whichevery bators you got:

    Last edited: Jul 3, 2007

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