ID-ing right after the hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ebonykawai, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm not sure how to go about doing this. I have eggs from two sources and I want to ID the chicks so I know who came from where later. If I can't open the incubator during a hatch, how can I mark them? What does everyone else do?
     
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2008
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I make a little cardboard wall to section the hatcher into two sides. I duct tape the ends of it to the sides of the hatcher.
     
  3. living2ride

    living2ride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Last year I incubated eggs from my chickens for my neighbor, and from my neighbors chickens for myself - we wanted new blood in our flocks. So instead of X's and O's to mark the eggs, I marked them with P's and I's (her initials) and A's and L's (mine.) Then when I got to day 18, I made a hardware cloth "basket" the size of half the incubator. I put all of her eggs into one basket (so to speak, [​IMG] ) and left mine in the other half. Then when hatch was complete, they were still separated. There was one particular chick of mine however that I wanted to keep. I knew it had come from my favorite hen (my one EE that lays gorgeous solid olive colored eggs) so as soon as that one hatched and dried, I reached in and marked it's head with a red sharpie marker and quickly stuck it back in. And wouldn't you know, that one was a pullet who's daddy was obviously my SLW roo. She turned out absolutely gorgeous and she also lays a pretty olive-colored egg, just like mama! Gotta love that! [​IMG]
     
  4. living2ride

    living2ride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Uh... her way is easier! [​IMG]
    I bloodied my hands making that dang hardware cloth basket.
     
  5. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    Excellent, thank you both! I didn't even think about doing a separation! [​IMG]
     
  6. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Quote:Uh... her way is easier! [​IMG]
    I bloodied my hands making that dang hardware cloth basket.

    And here I was just thinking as I read how you did it, that I'd have to try doing it that way! [​IMG]
     
  7. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    Really great ideas-you could probably also buy a wire mesh basket somewhere and use it. I'm going to keep my eyes out for one!
     
  8. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is excellent! I was so worried about my next hatch. I have eggs coming from three sources and I really need to keep them separate for breeding purposes. Now I'm ready to rock! [​IMG]
     
  9. living2ride

    living2ride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, the key is finding one that will fit in the incubator with it closed. That was why I made one. I couldn't find one that fit correctly.
     
  10. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Oregono
    ahah! yes, it is sometimes tricky to find just the right fit. [​IMG]
     

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