Hatching Eggs....

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by KV Silkies, Oct 5, 2013.

  1. KV Silkies

    KV Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    HI, thinking now of hatching some eggs, any tips ideas would be welcome. Looking to get silkie eggs, from what I read should also get a circulated air incubator. any time of the year better to get eggs than others? we are in southern wisconsin. thanks![​IMG]
     
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us! During Spring and Summer it is easier to hatch and raise chicks as it's warmer and the little guys can move to the coop sooner. I believe during the warmer months there are also way more fertile eggs available as hens slow down and many stop laying during the cold months. For incubating tips and advice I highly recommend this article:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    If you have any more questions or want to talk to us about your hatch you can post in the Incubating & Hatching Eggs forum section. Have fun!
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  5. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I would also recommend the Hatching 101 article
     
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC. Sumi gives great link.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  8. KV Silkies

    KV Silkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, final question (yeah, right, probably not FINAL, but anyhow...) in the Hatching 101 link on backyard chickens it recommends to put the vent plugs in for the first 10 days only and then to remove for the rest of the hatch. has anyone does this and if so what were results? I want to do what's best, but hesitant to try something "off the beaten path..." [​IMG]

    thanks!!!
     
  9. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    You need to remove the vent plugs at lock down because the hatching chicks need a TON of oxygen at this time. If you do not remove them, you can kill the babies. Now, if you live in an area with very high humidity, you might need to remove the plugs during the entire incubation cycle to keep the humidity down to a dull roar. Letting in air from the outside will help lower the humidity in the bator. As the chicks grow, they need more oxygen. So opening them half way during incubation brings in more air. Sometimes people do forget to do this around day 10. BUT...you must let in as much oxygen at lock down and thru hatch. So open those vents! [​IMG]
     
  10. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright and [​IMG] great to have you here with us [​IMG]






    Best verity is in the spring but most egg's can be obtained all year long [​IMG]
     

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