New Sportsman 1/3 loaded with first ever attempt to hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by 24to1, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. 24to1

    24to1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey all!

    In my quest to run the complete Chicken gauntlet I am officially into the closing chapters. Last year about this time, I bought 50 chicks and completed my Coop/Pen

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    They prospered over the summer and I culled 5 ameracauna roosters, and replaced them with 5 RIR mix roosters

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    they have, needless to say, really been spittin out the eggs now that the days are getting a tad longer,

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    I sold 11 dozen to co-workers last Friday and still had enough to load the first shelf of my Sportsman with 60 eggs!

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    I have bought them, raised, them, culled them, gathered 100's of eggs and now its time to try and hatch them. I loaded the first shelf last Sunday night, temp right at 100 and maintaining 42-45% Humid. Plan on candling middle of next week. Second shelf ready to be stocked up this Sunday/Monday.
    Getting the Craigslist ad ready as I will be selling in a couple of weeks! Prolly gonna keep a few my self as well!

    So far the whole experience has been a lot of fun and cant hardly imagine what took me so long to get started!

    Will update with progress and picks over the course of the next 5 weeks

    Happy Chicken-ing!

    Ron
     
  2. 24to1

    24to1 Out Of The Brooder

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    1st hatch happening as we speak!

    So far of the 58 eggs in the hatcher (2 were candled to be infertile), 39 in the brooders 12 hatched and still in Hatcher, and the remaining 7 pipped! I do believe one of the lil peeps is not gonna make it outta the shell. It pipped but some gooey stuff came out of the egg and glued it to the hatcher. no further action from that one.

    All in all Im pretty happy looks like 57 of the 58 are gonna be just fine!

    60 more to be moved to hatcher on Friday and and additional 60 more the following Friday.

    Lots O babies for sure!!

    Ron
     
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  3. 24to1

    24to1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, First round is complete!

    Of the 58 eggs I put into the hatcher from the incubator 54 hatched successfully and are thriving!

    All I had to do through the entire process was turn the machines on and make sure water was in the buckets.

    Only used one wick in the hatcher as the humidity seemed very high with 2 (>75%)

    Lovin the new set up. 60 more moving to Hatcher on Friday!

    Quite the ride!!!!

    Ron
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Congrats on your first hatch! It was a very good hatch rate too [​IMG] Good luck with the next 60!
     
  5. 24to1

    24to1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Round 2!

    57 eggs went into hatcher on Friday 3/22. Sunday morning provided 1st 2 chicks. By Monday morning all but 6 have hatched and are doing well in the Brooders (see pics)! Remaining 6 eggs showing no pips this morning and may have been quitters. I will leave them in the hatcher until Wednesday evening.

    So far of the 115 eggs transferred to hatcher 105 have hatched (91%) and there is still hope to get that number to 111 (96%).

    By nature I tend to over-think things so it has been tough just letting the incubator and hatcher do their trick. I have had absolutely no problem with temperature, just turned them on and let it stabilize before setting or moving eggs, and have done nothing more than keep the water trays full with respect to humidity. I guess what Im saying is this incubating and hatching process isnt as much a "black art" as I had earlier anticipated. I am by no means taking credit for my success so far but give it to GQF, they evidently have these things figured out, lol.

    Last 60 will be going into the incubator Friday Night




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  6. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Wow, that is fantastic!
     
  7. 24to1

    24to1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Round 3

    Last 60 are complete.
    I had 5 infertile and 2 quitters. 53 chicks alive and kicking!!!

    Totals

    170 went into hatcher
    10 infertile
    12 quitters
    158 Hatched and are doing well
    94% fertility rate
    93% (92.9) Hatch rate from my own eggs
    40 sold
    50 spoken for

    All in all this has been an fun, exciting, and very much a learning experience!
    Very impressed by the GQF incubator and hatcher! 93% hatch rate and all I did was turn them on and keep the water trays full!

    Looking forward to the next runs!

    Ron
     

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