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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lpguy, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. lpguy

    lpguy Out Of The Brooder

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    hello all,
    i first started trying to hatch eggs during the end of the last school season.
    my first incubator i actually got of a web site that i choose not to mention.
    i actually paid about twice what i could have gotten it in a local store, but
    that is due to the payment agreement with that web site. it was a little giant 9300.
    i tried 2 different batches from different sources and had only 1 hatch the second one
    pipped but didn't hatch. for heat at this time i had a clamp lamp with a regular bulb.
    "charlie" passed away 3 days later. that is the bad news.

    now for the good news. we picked up the hovabator genesis 1588 and now have a small
    flock of 9 mixed breeds of chickens. the other 3 still haven't pipped yet. i will add pics at a later time.
    we have two black and white ones, one of which i held and it has a "ridge" along the top of it's beak.
    one is a golden color of which has started to change slightly. the other 6 were solid yellow,
    but they to are changing colors. one has a small black patch starting and they all are starting to get a bit of
    white to them.

    my source had said some were i believe white longhorns. i cant remember what the others were.
    for heat i actually built a "H" type system using high heat capable plastic and a "zoo med" tank heater.
    cost about $38.00 if i remember. i also have a clamp light with a standard light above it.

    i wasn't sure how to sex them at the moment of hatching but it is now about a week after hatching.
    is there still a way to sex them at this point? as mentioned i will attach in another posting here the pics i have
    at this time.
     
  2. 1muttsfan

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  3. lpguy

    lpguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Just a few of the babies sorry it took so long to post it.
     
  4. lpguy

    lpguy Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question as to how to sanitize my incubator. Was just wondering since I am really wanting to keep hatching for the excitement of watching them hatch and grow. Was told diluted bleach but wasn't sure.
     
  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    A 1 part bleach to 9 parts water solution is a good sanitizer; allow it to sit for 10 minutes then rinse thoroughly (bleach fumes are toxic to birds)
     
  6. lpguy

    lpguy Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok thank you. Wasn't sure if bleach was safe on Styrofoam, or for the baby chickens.
     

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