Keeping track of individual eggs as they hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Gypsy07, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm incubating a bunch of eggs and I want to be able to keep track of what egg hatches into which chick. I've been doing selective breeding for a while and because I usually use eggs from my own birds, I can easily set eggs all from the one bird, or eggs all the same size, or eggs all the same colour, so I don't usually need to keep track of individual eggs so obsessively.

    But now I'm hatching a pile of eggs sent to me by another breeder, and I'd really like to keep track of everybody. I have 18 shipped eggs and 4 eggs from one of my own birds, I've numbered them all and marked their weights on the shells, and now I'm wondering how I can keep them all sorted out come hatching time.

    I have 22 eggs in total all in a Brinsea 20 Octagon, so it's pretty crowded in there just now. I also have a large styrofoam still-air hatcher and another incubator that could be used as a hatcher for maybe 10 eggs. At the moment I have 9 duck eggs incubating in the hatcher and being hand turned. Annoyingly, they're due to hatch around the same time as the chicks, but there's still plenty of room in there.

    I don't need to keep track of every single egg, but I'd like to keep track of small groups. I have 11 eggs that are the perfect colour, but 4 of them are slightly undersized, so I'd like to keep them in two separate groups. I have 2 that were sent on from a third breeder, 2 that are slightly too pale, and 3 that are slightly too dark. Of the 4 eggs from my own bird one is much bigger than the rest and I'd like to keep that one separate.

    So I'm looking at hatching 7 separate groups of eggs: 7, 4 ,3, 3, 2, 2, 1.

    I have a fortnight till they're due to hatch so plenty of time to buy wire mesh and construct little cages or whatever it is I need to do.

    I also haven't candled yet so my estimates of numbers may be wildly over-optimistic!

    Can anyone give me any advice on how best to sort out all my eggs and chicks?
     
  2. smokeykk

    smokeykk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard of people putting a cardboard part in to seperate them, I believe thats what someone did when they wanted to hatch one chick seperate from about 5 others, I guess you could put the cardboard there, or if you're lucky enough maybe they will hatch when you are there, and then you will be able to tell the difference!
     
  3. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cardboard dividers, nice idea. I was thinking wire mesh boxes but cardboard would definitely be cheaper and easier.

    I also thought about hanging around for the hatch but that would only work if I could lift each chick out to tag it as soon as it hatched, and I really don't like opening the bator unneccesarily in the middle of a hatch. I also don't fancy my chances of staring in the bator obsessively for three days and then being able to recognise individual chicks from memory. I don't even want to think about having to try it. LOL!
     
  4. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No more ideas? Does nobody else ever want to track individual eggs through the hatch?
     
  5. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have three sets of eggs and I am putting dividers between the three different sets so I can put them in separate brooders. I am doing this mainly because one set is mix breed eggs and the other two are purebred eggs of different breeds but similar colors. Once I tag the ones I will be keeping an eye on I will let them mix because I will have the tags to go by for checking on them so I won't need to keep them separate any more.
     
  6. KenK

    KenK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used the cardboard dividers and can say that a newly hatched chick can get over one higher than you would think.
     
  7. LilyD

    LilyD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I figured they would be able to get over small ones i planned on making it as high as I can without getting too close to the heat element.
     
  8. Reyvaughn

    Reyvaughn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, this is a good question! I never thought about this! I have chicks hatching from 2 breeders and some from the one breeder are the same color/breed but came from different pens (not related). Oh jeez. Now I am concerned.

    What about dying them? I don't like them being done to sell at Easter, butt seems like it may be a good idea for this particular situation.
     
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    I use cardboard sometimes I use the foam sheets from the craft store that kids make stuff with. They stand up nicely, easy to cut and you can make slits and slide a cross piece to male a leg. I also hatch in pulp style eggs cartons, so I can divide them into sets then place the "walls" around them.
     
  10. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't the cardboard/foamy stuff restrict the heat flow? Cold spots?

    How about window screen cubes made with hot glue? They could be easily opened by cutting or pulling a strip of glue.
     

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