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OneMountainAcres

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Eggs are in for first hatch of the season. Hatch date is February 4th just candled for the first time and out of 42 eggs 29 are growing so 70% fertility. So much better than last years fertility. Who else is hatching?

Most of my hens are on strike right now. I have silkies hatch on Christmas day and New Year's Day (which all but the 2 I'm keeping have left home). I have turkey eggs in the bator but so far, they've all been infertile.
 

Molpet

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Eggs are in for first hatch of the season. Hatch date is February 4th just candled for the first time and out of 42 eggs 29 are growing so 70% fertility. So much better than last years fertility. Who else is hatching?
My hens are laughing.
3/40 hens laying and 4/20 some late hatch pullets
 

Faraday40

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Eggs are in for first hatch of the season. Hatch date is February 4th just candled for the first time and out of 42 eggs 29 are growing so 70% fertility. So much better than last years fertility. Who else is hatching?
I had a broody hen problem. One decided to come to her senses but the other is still going. I didn’t have many eggs 3 weeks ago, so I only set 6 in the incubator plus 2 under hen. Only one developed and is in lockdown today.

.... Now 5 hens are laying plus another 3 bantams. I couldn’t help myself and set 12 eggs last Friday.
 

LilyD

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I had a broody hen problem. One decided to come to her senses but the other is still going. I didn’t have many eggs 3 weeks ago, so I only set 6 in the incubator plus 2 under hen. Only one developed and is in lockdown today.

.... Now 5 hens are laying plus another 3 bantams. I couldn’t help myself and set 12 eggs last Friday.
Totally forgot about Big Momma she has 8 eggs the other ladies conspired to help her hide away now that she's growling I know I don't have a chance lol
 

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aliciaplus3

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Wait you mean there are people that Stop hatching?

Huh

Weird

We have 3 turkeys for DD's fair project running around( ok sound asleep right now) in the brooder with 20? Chicks that hatched last weekend. Just moved the brooder to a place where we can clean around it much easier.
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cement floor so we can roll the broidef over and sweep... very nice! No more carpet under it. What a relief. There are 20 + chicks in the top tote another 20+ next level down that are a week older and the bottom has the 3 and 4 week olds maybe 15? Of them
Time to ramp up hatching... I should be offering some for sale but I wanna keep em all!
 

duluthralphie

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Wait you mean there are people that Stop hatching?

Huh

Weird

We have 3 turkeys for DD's fair project running around( ok sound asleep right now) in the brooder with 20? Chicks that hatched last weekend. Just moved the brooder to a place where we can clean around it much easier. View attachment 2497406 cement floor so we can roll the broidef over and sweep... very nice! No more carpet under it. What a relief. There are 20 + chicks in the top tote another 20+ next level down that are a week older and the bottom has the 3 and 4 week olds maybe 15? Of them
Time to ramp up hatching... I should be offering some for sale but I wanna keep em all!
I have successfully stopped hatching, so much so I want to sell my sportsman’s!

I will keep a foamy around sort of like a ex smoker keeps a pack around.
 

OneMountainAcres

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You know, the past couple years, I've been doing to get my hands on another sportsman incubator.... now I know someone selling off several big cabinet bators... and I'm no longer interested. I'm downsizing my chicken flock this year and will be hatching way less. Though I don't think I'll ever completely stop. All turkey eggs STILL will be going in! Lol
 

aliciaplus3

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I am still using the 1934 model cabinet one I found here a couple years ago... still running like a champ. it probably wouldn't hurt it if I shut it off more than 2 weeks per year but what kind of fun would that be??? looking to move eggs to lockdown this eve. and set as many more as I can fit... only running 3 incubators right now. the cabinet only holds 82 by the time I stuffed 2 stand alone turners in there, the brinsea ovation ex56 has been my hatcher for large batches and the little nr360 works for hatching small batches but is full and in incubation mode right now... we did manage to do some major cleaning and rearranging of brooders last night so it will be easier to keep things clean and moving forward.
 

OneMountainAcres

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I cleaned a brooder today too now that the majority of the chicks are gone. The last 2 in there are thoroughly enjoying their nice clean "room". I finally got a brooder plate after years of eyeing them up. I think DH is loving not having a bright red heat lamp glowing in the bedroom all night lol

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