How to keep track of chicks during hatching? Pedigree baskets?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ChestnutRidge, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be setting my first-ever batch of eggs at the end of this month. I've ordered a Genesis 1588, which has yet to arrive. In the meantime, of course, I am reading all I can about incubating.

    I'll be getting eggs of a few different breeds, but for one of the breeds, I am getting two different "lines." The eggs will be labeled, but I would like to know which chicks are from which lines. There will probably be five or six eggs of each line, and 18 other eggs in the incubator.

    How do I go about doing this? I know there are such a thing as "pedigree baskets" or bags, but how are those used? Are they practical? Are there dangers? Are there any simpler methods? I figure that I will band them when I take them out. Haven't done that before either, of course. Is banding at all dangerous (knowing that I do need to switch to larger sizes as they grow)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In your case it might be easiest to just divide the incubator across the middle at lockdown with a "fence" of hardware cloth. Secure it well and make sure there isn't room for any chicks to get stuck trying to get over it. Put one "line" on each side and you can keep them separate that way. As an alternitive you could section off one corner in a similar fashion and put one "line" in there. That's basically what a pedigree basket does
     
  3. jujubee

    jujubee Feather Hill Farm

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    Good advise. I am on my second hatch with the 1588 (love it) and was wondering the same thing. [​IMG]
     
  4. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks! That is an excellent idea, and affordable too, which is even better. That's exactly what I'll do. [​IMG]
     
  5. SundownWaterfowl

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  6. JScatt69

    JScatt69 Out Of The Brooder

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    Spray Paint, color code them...haha JK.
    I've used bands before, worked good for me
     
  7. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, all. That gives me a lot to think about.

    Quote:Thanks for the link, Sundown. Those are very clear directions!
     

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