Putting the Incubator away

newlyweds

Pearl of the Prairie
9 Years
Mar 12, 2010
775
3
134
Southeast Texas
I have been incubating straight since April of this year!!!
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I just finished my last hatch and will be cleaning and storing my bator. It's such a weird feeling not to be incubating anything! What do I do with myself now?? I keep thinking about setting more and even buying some eggs, but I also know I need a little break too.

How do I handle this incubating withdrawls, yikes!!!!
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Anyone with me?
 

Denninmi

Songster
10 Years
Jul 26, 2009
1,866
35
171
Yup, I put mine away about 2 weeks ago, and it too had been full ever since late April.

It's just too hard in harsh, northern climates to do this in the winter. If I lived on a farm, was rich (yeah, those two things don't usually go together, I know) and had a big heated barn it would be OK, but I live in the 'burbs, and can't exactly keep birds in the house all winter.

It was kind of sad cleaning it up and putting it away, but hey, October is already half gone, that leaves me about 4 1/2 months until I can get it out again. In March, two things I am really looking forward to -- making maple syrup and getting some goose eggs to hatch. Maybe it will make the winter not seem so long, dark, and cold.
 

Mahonri

Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast
Premium Feather Member
13 Years
May 14, 2008
30,366
311
546
North Phoenix
My Coop
My Coop
My bators have been cleaned and stored since the end of April... but in December they'll be out and running again... and my wife will be rolling her eyes and saying 'Why are you doing this?"
 

corancher

Crowing
13 Years
Apr 18, 2007
3,083
28
304
Colorado
I turned off my last one yesterday after my last hatch. I have vowed to leave all of them off until Feb/Mar 2011. If some of my special birds start laying then all bets are off.
 

newlyweds

Pearl of the Prairie
9 Years
Mar 12, 2010
775
3
134
Southeast Texas
I know it's so hard to wait it out over the winter, and to be honest here in Texas they aren't harsh at all. I technically could keep them going, but I need a little break, there I said it, ha ha...

Now if you OE and BCM start laying all bets are off, lol!!
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
10 Years
Sep 22, 2009
15,506
431
358
My slice of heaven in Somerset, CA
I'm in my first, full-blown rush of incubating, so I'm not ready to put 'em away yet. However, I may turn off a couple of them as they go empty later this month, and just work with the smaller Brinsea MiniAdvance units, instead of loading up the Octagon 20 Advance units again.
 

D'Angelo N Va.

Songster
10 Years
Dec 28, 2009
2,551
13
181
I finished my last batch the first of September...cleaned the incubator and put it away....Now, I already have plans to build another new brooder for next year...so with that being said, I plan on starting it up around April or the end of March.....
 

bigdawg

AA Poultry
10 Years
Jun 28, 2009
1,185
11
163
middle tenn
mine have been cleaned, but not put away. they are on standbye. and my silkies, well there is no unpluging them. i had two set hatch out chicks in january. it snowed the day after they hatched. they all did fine. they are such good mommys.
 

sonew123

Poultry Snuggie
11 Years
Mar 16, 2009
25,016
110
421
onchiota NY
My bator was runnng from Dec of this year until May then the broodys took over for me:) Now the bator came back out 10 days ago and "should" only be running for 2 more weeks-but I might hatch out some of mine:) IDK yet depends on how much space I can find??
 

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