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March 13th 2016 Hatch-A-long

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by 4stakes, Feb 18, 2016.

  1. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    Here are some pics of our home-made incubator. I'm actually using a styrofoam one at the moment, because it has a turner. For hatching, nothing beats our big viewing window! (The cool-bator holds the temp very steady & actually gets a better hatch rate, but I just have a busy schedule right now.)
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  2. 4stakes

    4stakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Faraday, have you ever put eggs in egg cartons at lock down to hatch? Just wanted your opinion.

    Thanks, Kevin
     
  3. jchny2000

    jchny2000 Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I'm in! Test hatch 1 tray of Orpington, Sumatra and Ameruacana set the 21st.
     
  4. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, I've done it a few times. I do not notice a difference in hatch %, but the chicks seem to struggle more as they climb up & out. They seem to take a little longer to get themselves out of the shell, so not as much fun to watch. I also worry that they'll hurt themselves when trying to climb over the cartons & shells.

    For our family, the hatching day (& night) is when the incubator becomes the focal point of the house. The incubator is a big TV with the egg channel always on. It's addictive, so all night long, we tip-toe downstairs to peek. If one is zipping, then of course we must wake everybody up to come watch! We all look like a family of racoons after a good hatch! LOL Many visitors also stop by.to view the incubator. I'm a teacher, so I let my students know what times they are permitted to visit my house. During those "visiting hours" it's a constant flood of activity & non-stop questions.
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    For the last couple years, we've had chicks the week before Easter. I enjoy getting my kids dressed up & using the chicks as great photo props.
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    Here's one from 8 yrs ago!
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  5. FaithWalkFarms

    FaithWalkFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just candled (using phone) and I SAW VEINS!!!!!!! The light olive and EE eggs all looked good; didn't bother trying all of the maran and dark OE eggs. 3 of my daughter's 4 bantam eggs (very light) all showed veins and embryo ... the 4th seems to have a blood ring but I'm waiting to toss since it's only Day 5 and maybe it's just slow.

    I have a bunch of those 9 LED flashlights at work so I'm going to grab one for Day 8/10 canceling since that will be easier than using my phone.
     
  6. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's great!
     
  7. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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  8. 4stakes

    4stakes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good for you. We will candle on Saturday at day 7.
     
  9. KeyFlock

    KeyFlock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's my only white egg, candled at day 10. I candled about half of the others, and there was only one that I wasn't sure about, so I marked it and left it in there for next time. All the others looked good!
     
  10. Knigge

    Knigge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we candeled today too. Of 40 eggs we had 3 blood rings and 2 possible clears. Left the clears in just in case. Day 7 isn't actually until tomorrow but we are pretty busy tomorrow and it's gonna be nice tomorrow and Sunday so we went ahead and did them today. Now we wait another week. I think day 14 is the neatest day to candle. You can really see them dancing around in there. The kids love it.
     
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