Help with setting trays please

mooSa

Songster
10 Years
Apr 18, 2009
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Hi, i have the 1502 sportsman and i use it to hatch eggs 1 time and not in a cycle. So basically i place 300 eggs every 21 days. I need to make hatcher trays for the first 3 racks because it doesnt have any. I was think of using aluminum, but does the bottom of the tray need to be wire or can it be a solid aluminum tray. How should it be designed?
 

swheat

The Bantam Barn
Mar 18, 2008
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You can make trays out of 1x2s or 1x3s(I have not measured the distance for trays so 1x3 might be too tall). Then attach some 1/4 inch hardware cloth to the tray for the bottom.
I made a hatcher from an old upright freezer and made trays out of 1x4 but I had the room for that 4 inch height. I also attached some hardware cloth on the top of those trays to keep chicks and whatever I might be hatching in the trays.
I am not sure if it would help, but take a look at my hatcher on my website, might give you some ideas. I have some pics there.

http://www.thebantambarn.com/hatcher.htm
 

Junkmanme

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Mar 11, 2007
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Take a look at the ENTIRE posting on the "link" here at Backyard Chickens. I'm SURE it will be a help to you!
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https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=33362

GOOD LUCK !!!
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mooSa

Songster
10 Years
Apr 18, 2009
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I c, does it work well? What is the wire bottom for? and any answers for the gqf tray?
 

mooSa

Songster
10 Years
Apr 18, 2009
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Well does anyone have the gqf setting tray in the link i had posted above? If so could you explain how it was made? thanks
 

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