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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mountaincat, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. mountaincat

    mountaincat New Egg

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    Hi to all. I've had chickens for a while but it's so long since I had eggs to hatch I am lost. I just acquired a couple of bantams, the hen is in a pen with a banty rooster, so I assume her eggs are fertile. She is laying eggs and I want to keep those to increase a flock. I can not find a set of directions here on what I want to know about, just lots and lots of posts. Maybe someone here can give me links to the right info, please?

    1. I'd like directions, step by step on HOW one saves eggs until enough are collected. How to store them safely until they can all go into an incubator.
    2. Info on the incubation process.
    3. Links that include photos, on building a very simple, cheap incubator (years ago I made one from styrofoam and had successful hatching but I fail to remember what and how I did it).
    4. Info on brand new baby chick care.

    Currently I own one old lady muscovy duck who must be 11 years old now. 2 old lady English Game bantams who are now 8 and 9 years old. These are all my "pensioners". They lay no more, and just are pets. The two new bantams are a Mille Fleur hen and a Silver Sebright Rooster. Both of these are one year old. The hen is a pretty yellow color so I figure chicks they make might turn out silvery gold or some such blend. Mutts, but that's okay.

    I have all my poultry in predator proof runs/housing with segregated sections, so the new chicks will have their own separate place to reside, once put outside.

    Thanks and hello.
    Mountain Cat
     
  2. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from the Finger Lakes of New York! I am afraid I can't help (as I have never hatched my own eggs), but I am sure someone on here will be able to assist. Best of luck!
     
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    Welcome to BYC. I order my chicks from hatcheries, sorry cant help you.
     
  4. BrokenRoadFarm

    BrokenRoadFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] from NC!
     
  5. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Welcome to BYC from Sunny Florida! I can't help you, but many people will jump in and help you out, there's all kinds of "experts" 'round these parts.... [​IMG]
     
  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome. If you have a question or 5 post them under the relevant sections. Chances are you'll find your answer just by reading through some of the recent posts/threads. Lots of interesting info on there already.
    If you can't find what your looking for just start a new thread.
    May you hatch lots of cute fluffy things:jumpy
     
  7. Impress

    Impress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is "eggsperts" darn it! [​IMG]
     
  8. BairleaFarm

    BairleaFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. I'd like directions, step by step on HOW one saves eggs until enough are collected. How to store them safely until they can all go into an incubator.
    2. Info on the incubation process.
    3. Links that include photos, on building a very simple, cheap incubator (years ago I made one from styrofoam and had successful hatching but I fail to remember what and how I did it).
    4. Info on brand new baby chick care.

    This is how i do it.
    1. Collect eggs and sit them on the counter in the away from sunlight. Out of that pile i eat my daily eggs cook and what have you. After a week or 10 days if i have enough to put in the bator I do.
    2. Put them in the bator @ 100*F and turn them twice - three times aday. day 18 I stop the turners and increase humidity to 75%
    3. there are several with then the pages of BYC
    4. I keep them in the house for 2 days after they hatch then out side they go (with a heat lamp) for 3 weeks. at a month they go with the flock.

    heres a link to get you started https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-hatch.html

    Get you a cup of coffee and start surfing. 95% of all questions ask have been discussed here before.

    welcome to BYC and be careful hatching is addicting.​
     

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