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  1. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

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    I honestly dont think you would have any troubles selling/giving away the chicks. I think with silkies it all depends on quality. Most people are after bearded with vaulted skulls. To help sell, post pictures of your adults in the ad. I often see a lady around Waterloo posting silkie chicks. She has the same ad up for about a week and then I dont see it for about a month or so. It doesnt look like she is having a hard time selling. I purchased 3 more partridge silkie chicks and was given 8 eggs with them. I really dont need them, but incubating is fun and if it will help pay for their feed and bedding, im all for it. I dont think I will ever profit from them, but as long as they pay for their care, Im not going to complain.

    I have found the less I do with the incubators the better. Set them up several days prior to when you want to set the eggs. This will give you time to mess with them and get them set up correctly. IF you plan on using a styrofoam incubator, my biggest piece of advice would be to place it in a room with stable temps. I had an old computer that I took a fan out of and wired it to an old cell phone charger. Mounted it to blow up against the top of the incubator and have a forced air incubator for practically nothing. I also have a plastic container with big sponge in it for humidity. I fished tubing through the top and add water with a syringe through the tubing. This way I dont have to open the bator and loose the heat and humidity during lockdown.

    The first time incubating I purchased quail eggs online. At that time my incubator was still a still air and didnt have a turner. I just propped one side of the incubator up and see sawed it back and forth several times a day. The eggs were incubating in an egg carton so they didnt roll around when ends propped up.

    You will loose some eggs due to incubating error, but that is part of learning. If you are starting with your own eggs or free eggs, then you are not out anything. I have spent over hundreds of dollars on eggs and still get 0% hatch rates on eggs (typically shipped eggs). Its a gamble, but incredibly fun, exciting, and worth it when they do hatch!
     
  2. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks! I'm nervous about it. All of you have such good advice and are really knowledgeable, even if you are new at this stuff too. Can anyone tell me if there is much of a demand for sq and bq bearded silkies around here? That would be my other stipulation on incubation.
     
  3. racinchickins

    racinchickins Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do like it, except I already want a bigger one. The best part about it is that everything is so easy to see. It is definitely the best incubator for observing a chick hatch.

    I wasn't so much scared as nervous the first go round. I don't like the idea of unnecessary deaths either, and I hope I haven't caused any or at least kept it to a minimum. But there is also the thrill of new life. Watching that first egg hatch made it ALL worthwhile. And I was so excited when I opened the door the other day to pick up the days eggs, and there was that little peeper running around the nest box. I immediately pulled out my phone and called my partner with a 'GUESS WHAT' call.
     
  4. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

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    Honestly if you are not wanting to make money, I know you will be able to give them away if need be. But I dont see why you would have trouble selling them. I never thought quail would be so popular around here, but i now have a waiting list for chicks and eggs. From May-August, you could always take them to Wolf's Giant Swap. I see quite a few silkies there with a lot of people looking at them. I just dont see silkie chicks of quality at the swap, which would make yours sell easier as well.
     
  5. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our house is very very dry. My brother in law had difficulty keeping his bearded dragons alive when he lived with us. When we built it, we made it very air tight and heavily insulated. I'm not sure if that is going to pose a problem or not. My silkies are sq and bq. So they will probably have vaulted skulls. The girls (my avatar) have huge crests. I had to trim them so they could fine their food. They are from Harvest Breeze Line in Crawfordsville. I just don't have the space to keep a bunch of chicks. My girls are just now starting to lay at 10 months, and Booker the roo for sure knows what he is doing, I'm just not sure if he is sealing the deal so to speak. I will probably end up haing you incubate them, unless one of the ding dongs decides to go broody in the next week. Btw that was me that friended you on fb. :)
     
  6. CCCCCCCCHICKENS

    CCCCCCCCHICKENS Overrun With Chickens

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    And when it comes to incubtors, you dont have to buy some big fancy expensive one. When I first got one I bought a cheap one just becuase it was cheap. $42. No egg turners and still sir. This is the incubator i got the 86% hathc in and the one I still use today. If I ever buy another I will get the exact same kind and model, which i am getting another this winter. (maybe 2 but dont tell anyone!) I have eggs hatching friday!
     
  7. MrTattoohead

    MrTattoohead Out Of The Brooder

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    Here's two of our three girls. The Jersey Giant is named Kung Pao, and the Barred Rock is Bang Bang.

    Once again, I'd like to thank the folks on here for trying to help out with the one we lost. I guess we ***ked it up somewhere along the line. Life can be a real punt in the crotch some days. Anyway, Kung Pao and Bang Bang say hi! We'll get a pic of Orange up this weekend so you can see that we're not complete hacks at keeping chickens healthy.

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  8. bradselig

    bradselig Overrun With Chickens

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    IMO, silkie chicks go through an ugly stage and hard to get an idea of what they will look like. Include pics of your adults to show the quality and I dont think you will have troubles. Heck depending on color, id be interested in buying a few ;) Having the house dry might not be too big of an issue. I think id rather it be too dry than humid. I dry incubate and typically have humidity around 30% during the first 18 days. For lockdown, I increase to around 55-60%. I used to increase it to 65-75% and that was way to high. Got a lot of sticky chicks. Ive been having much better hatches with it decreased. But i think its easier to increase humidity than to try and lower it.

    Yea, i figured it was you by the alpacas lol.
     
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  9. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I want to make sure they are going to humane homes, I'm picky like that. That's why I have 5 dogs. lol But I think silkies usually go to certain people. They aren't much for eating. lol
    [​IMG] That's awesome! I don't even kill bugs in my house. So I hope I wouldn't have "hatchers guilt" for killing off chicks lol. I would love for my hens to do it themselves. There is not much cuter than babies following mama around and hiding in her fluff.
     
  10. kabhyper1

    kabhyper1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pretty Birds!
    Did you get it at TSC? They have a still air one for about that much.
     

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