How late in the year do you incubate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Glenmar, May 13, 2011.

  1. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am new to incubation. I just set my second batch of eggs. I am reading that some people are done for the year.
    So my question is how late do most of you incubate. How many hatches, etc...
    I sold my first batch of chicks at a poultry swap and bought a second batch of eggs from someone else at the swap.
    So I was just wondering.......
    thanks
     
  2. mycutekitties

    mycutekitties Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine runs year around....
     
  3. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

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    Mine too!
     
  4. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's going to depend on climate to some extent, as well as your facilities. Here in Michigan, year round isn't an option, at least not for me in a small house with unheated outbuildings (garage and shed). I can't have stinky poultry inside during the winter. So, my incubation and hatching season is roughly mid-April to about two weeks before Labor Day at the latest for setting (depending on species, of course). That way, nothing is being brooded in a cold building or too young to face an oncoming winter.

    Now, if you were in a place with a much milder climate, such as CA, FL, TX, I could see doing it all year round if need be.
     
  5. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:This is exactly what I was thinking.
    Also, Is there a market for young chickens year round? Or are most folks incubating for themselves?
     
  6. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatches every weekend year round! [​IMG]
     
  7. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm turning mine off by the end of June. Turn back on probably in Jan. Unless I see something I really Really Want [​IMG]
     
  8. RonnieAtkeson

    RonnieAtkeson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Year round, I swear i wont do it again next year but I always do. I worry bout losing power in the winter as one year we were out for 12 days straight. Having stinky chicks in the house is a bad thing according to the better half. Havent had to do that yet though.... I run two heat lamps in the brooder during the winter so if one goes out I got a backup plus some nites it so cold I need two to heat up enough of the brooder they dont smother each other.
     
  9. perrym1962

    perrym1962 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ditto... Year round for me also!!
     
  10. mstrawn3

    mstrawn3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you all do with all those chicks? [​IMG]
     

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