How do I know what chicks hatched from what eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ayamEC, Mar 23, 2018.

  1. ayamEC

    ayamEC Chirping

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    Hi, I’ve got an Ayam C rooster, hen and a couple Easter/Olive Eggers. I have several of their eggs in my incubator. How do I tell what chicks hatched from what eggs? Could I put something in the incubator to keep them separated?
     
  2. Pyxis

    Pyxis Hatchi Wan Kenobi

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    Chances are unless your EEs and OEs are black, the purebred AC chicks are gonna look different from them.

    But, you can use a mesh laundry bag made for delicates to keep the eggs separated and know which are which that way.
     
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  3. ayamEC

    ayamEC Chirping

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    Well, the EEs and OEs are half Ayam Cemani. And the 4 we hatched before were almost identical for the first 3 weeks.
     
  4. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Songster

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    Make several small cages from hardware cloth to set in the incubator...that's how I separate mine so I know which one came from which. Then toe puch or band the leg..to keep them identified.
     
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  5. ayamEC

    ayamEC Chirping

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    Ok, thanks
     
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  6. Miss717

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    That's a good idea. I've never thought of that before.
     
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  7. Redhead Rae

    Redhead Rae Chickens, chickens everywhere!

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    I've used gladware containers lined with non-slip carpet matting to separate eggs. Wish I had done it this hatch.
     
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  8. ayamEC

    ayamEC Chirping

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    Good idea thanks
     
  9. eatwhatyougrow

    eatwhatyougrow Songster

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    I will post a picture of my set up in a couple of days....here is what I have cooking now KIMG0731.JPG
     
  10. Gilbird

    Gilbird Chirping

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    I used plastic craft canvas to make boxes (no lids...just sides and a bottom) to separate mine. It’s cheap and easy to cut. I just zip tied them together. I did put non slip shelf liner in the bottom, which made clean up a breeze. I just removed it, rinsed the boxes off and they were ready to go for the next round. You can kinda see them in this pic, to give you an idea. The main downfall is that it cuts down a bit on the amount of room you have in the incubator.
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