Hatching Eggs By The Moon Thread

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by floridachickhatcher, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had posted a topic asking did anyone ever set by the moon? in June 2011 and various comments and only a few people knew what it was so i thought why not make a thread about it?
    Setting eggs by the moon can be confusing if you have never heard of it. Chicks born under a waxing Moon, in the fruitful signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces, are healthier and mature faster. I have some chicks out in the brooder that are 2 and 3 weeks old and already they are big they will be coming out of the brooder and into the yard soon.To find out the dates to set eggs by you can buy THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC at Tractor Supply or just about any place that sells books mostly but make sure its THE OLD FARMER'S ALMANAC and not THE FARMER'S ALMANAC there is a difference but i will also be posting the setting dates here on the thread every month.When i was first hatching out eggs i had a horrible hatch rate i was only hatching out 5 every-time out of 40 eggs and finally i got tired of it and i told mom that's it I'm going to start setting my eggs by the moon and when i did my hatch rate jumped to 50% i once had 10 chicks hatch out on day 20 and then 7 on day 21 that was my first real good hatch I WAS SOOO HAPPY!!Couple of BYC members already asked me what is setting eggs by the moon? But if your the younger generation you might not know what it is course I'm not old now lol but my mom was born and raised on 300 acres of farmland with her family out in the boonies and she said that's how they set all their broody hens on eggs was by the moon and how the old time farmers long ago did it she always says " There is something to be said about setting by the moon"

    "This section will be edited once a month and some people are confused about if the dates were for hatching out or setting so i have made it easier to read i hope"

    DAYS TO SET FOR JUNE-JULY-AUG

    CHICKEN EGGS 21 DAYS

    SET JUNE 16&17 = HATCH JULY 7&8
    SET JUNE 26&27= HATCH JULY 17&18
    SET JULY 6&7 = HATCH JULY 26&27
    SET JULY 13,14,15 = HATCH AUG 3,4,5
    SET JULY 23,24,25 = HATCH AUG 13,14,15
    SET AUG 2&3 = HATCH AUG 22&23
    SET AUG 11&12 = HATCH AUG 31& SEPT 1
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    QUAIL EGGS 18 DAYS

    SET JUNE 19&20= WILL HATCH JULY 7&8
    SET JUNE 30&JULY 1 = WILL HATCH JULY 17&18
    SET JULY 8&9 = WILL HATCH JULY 26&27
    SET JULY 16,17,18= WILL HATCH AUG 3,4,5
    SET JULY 26,27,28= WILL HATCH AUG 13,14,15
    SET AUG 4&5 = HATCH AUG 22&23
    SET AUG 13&14 = HATCH AUG 31&SEPT 1
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    GOOSE,DUCK,TURKEY & GUINEA EGGS 28 DAYS

    SET JUNE 9&10= HATCH JULY 7&8
    SET JUNE 19&20 = HATCH JULY 17&18
    SET JUNE 28&29 = HATCH JULY 26&27
    SET JULY 6,7,8 = HATCH AUG 3,4,5
    SET JULY 16,17,18 = HATCH AUG 13,14,15
    SET JULY 25&26 = HATCH AUG 22&23
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2012
  2. kerrysmommy

    kerrysmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i will try it next hatch we get our silkie has not been laying any eggs so it might be a while.....but yes i will join haha
     
  3. scatteredeggs

    scatteredeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    i will join too!
    getting my eggs today, and hope to set them after settling for 6-8 hours.
     
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Great idea, floridachickhatcher! [​IMG]

    Not doing any hatching this year but saw the article in the Farmer's Almanac and will definately give it a try once I get back into it!
     
  5. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    I've always set eggs by the moon.. It was the way my grandmother did it and the way my mother did it.. so it became a habit over the years
    every time i had a 90 - 100% hatch rate.. the very rare times I didn't set eggs by the moon.. well.. the rates weren't as good..

    the batch I have in my incubator now are from shipped eggs... so they are not set by the moon... I can really see the difference already..not sure if its because they are shipped eggs.. or because I was at the mercy of the post office for the shipping
    So I have pretty much accepted the fact that for shipped eggs I will TRY to get them here on time.. but no guarantees on those.. for MY eggs though.. they will always be set by the moon if I have any say in it at all
     
  6. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Just a note to everyone on this.. these dates would be for CHICKEN eggs...
    for quail or turkey (or anything that doesn't have a 21 day incubation) you would have to add or subtract days to get the correct date
     
  7. floridachickhatcher

    floridachickhatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just a note to everyone on this.. these dates would be for CHICKEN eggs...
    for quail or turkey (or anything that doesn't have a 21 day incubation) you would have to add or subtract days to get the correct date

    Oh yeah i forgot to add that fact thanks [​IMG]
     
  8. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Love the topic!
     
  9. MuckyPuppy

    MuckyPuppy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So funny, I just set my last hatch of the year today (or so my husband tells me [​IMG] ) I just had a feeling that I had to do it today, interesting. We shall just have to see how well this batch does!! [​IMG]
     
  10. Time-Out

    Time-Out Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out of curiosity, what were the dates for June?
     

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