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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Rick Hayes, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Rick Hayes

    Rick Hayes Hatching

    Jan 20, 2013
    Hi All
    I am new to BYC I have been raising poultry for the past 6 years. I am mostly grow our own food from our 4 gardens to raising chickens and turkeys every year for the freezer. I also have always had at least 30 laying hens and at one time I had over 100.
    I am always trying diffirent breads and I used to order day old chicks from well known hatcherys. Last year I started to hatch my own. I started with burben red turkeys then I won 100 coturnex quail eggs on ebay had over an 80% hatch rate with them.
    So last year I kept 4 turkey toms and 13 hens.They are laying up a storm any where from 4 to 12 eggs a day. I have 37 buff orhpingtons also with one rooster. So this year I am going to try to hatch out all my own . I would love to buy one of those big comercial incubators but they are just way to much money. So I am going to build one out of an old refrigderator. Any help or ideas
    would be a great help if any one has built one of these.
    I have to wait because it is still very much winter up here. Oh I guess I should tell you all where I am I live in upstate NY in the Adirondack mountains. In a tiny town a mile back on a dead end road as I like to tell people its our little piece of heaven.
    Here is one more question when it gets warm enough to have hatching eggs shipped I am going to try hatching ring neck pheasant or chuckars partridges Just wondering if these will fit in my auto egg turner quail rails?
    Thank you all very much and I look forward to reading many posts

  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] Fridges can be turned into very nice incubators and they work out way cheaper too! Here's some threads on fridge incubators. Hope that will answer some of your questions and get your started:



    I'm afraid I can't answer your question on the auto turner rails. I don't use them and I've only hatched chicken eggs so far. But I'm sure someone will come along that can help you there. Happy hatching!
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  3. willowbranchfarm

    willowbranchfarm Chicken Boots

    Oct 3, 2011
    My Coop
    [​IMG]Welcome to BYC!!! Glad you joined.
  4. Rick Hayes

    Rick Hayes Hatching

    Jan 20, 2013
    Thank you
  5. Rick Hayes

    Rick Hayes Hatching

    Jan 20, 2013
    Thank you
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, Rick, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined our community! Sounds like a little piece of heaven indeed! I agree with sumi - check out those threads. I'll be attempting to hatch as well this spring. Good luck to you!
  7. Rick Hayes

    Rick Hayes Hatching

    Jan 20, 2013
    I did check out the threads from Sumi thank you I had drawn up some plans that looked like those. I am in the process of collecting all the parts.

  8. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I actually have shipped eggs in the incubator now. Many shippers will include a heat pack when shipping eggs, although I would not order any to be shipped during our current cold snap.

    The folks here may be able to help you out with your egg question. https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/50/pheasants-and-partridge-chukar
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  9. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

    Jun 4, 2010
    My Coop
    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.

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