Onion Sacks... new use????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Guitartists, May 7, 2008.

  1. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Ran across this and thought it might be useful to some. Someone suggested that you could use an onion sack... the loose netted ones.... during hatching to be certain to know which chick came out of an egg. Example... let's say you have a super dark Marans or super blue Ameraucana egg that you want for certain, and to know for certain which chick hatches from that egg. Maybe you won't be there during the hatch, etc. You just slip the egg in the onion bag and this gives the chick the ability to hatch but will not allow it to wander off from it's egg and will keep it contained until you can mark it for identification purposes.

    Another person had also suggested a small sectioned off hardware wire box within the incubator.

    Anyone ever try this? What do you all think? Do-able? Wise? Un-wise?
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I'd be afraid their feet would get caught up in the webbing of the sack...you would have to stay on top of things and watch, but then that compromises the hatch if you have to open to help...

    I've seen people section off in quarters with cardboard (like in a carton that glasses or cups come in) and that worked for them.....just group the eggs from one shipper or breed into each section...
    Last edited: May 7, 2008
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Onion sack seems reasonable. Do get them out soon enough but, yeah, that would work.

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