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How do YOU keep track of pipping and zipping?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SunHwaKwon, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I have read people say things like "I wait X # of hours after pipping before I help and X # after zipping before I help". That's easy when you have only a handful, but on large batches how do you keep it straight to know who's done what when so you can keep track? Or are you just not that organized about it?

    I have some small dry erase boards and I am thinking from now on I should number the eggs at lockdown, and then I can write notes about each on the dry erase. I'm just seeing if anyone else has a different approach that might work better.

    I can be quite a data geek so may even end up doing it all using excel and numbering them when I set and making notes throughout the incubation. My real goal is to get good enough at it to produce reliable results, not so much for my ego but because I feel like I owe it to these lives that I have perpetuated.
     
  2. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    On my large hatches I have each egg numbered and I keep notes with when it's pipped and when it hatches.
     
  3. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you keep any notes on the eggs throughout incubation, or about the incubation in general and your results to use as reference?
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    In the begining I did. I made notes on the egg color and when I started doing my own I added who's they were because at the time I only had 8 layers and could tell who's egg was who's. Now, if I keep notes it's just egg number and pip/hatch times- oh I did write down what color they were at hatch as well because they were mostly mixes. My last two were smaller hatches and I didn't keep notes.
     

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