Separating chicks in incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ambe0487, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 different breeds in the incubator getting ready for lockdown tomorrow evening. I would like to keep them separated into breed while they are in the bator as this is the first time with these breeds.

    I'm looking for suggestions on how to keep them separated. I have a Farm Innovator Styrofoam bator with added forced air fan.

    As of day 17, I have 27 eggs in there with a breakdown of 9 Easter Egger, 6 Cream Legbar/ Isa Brown mix and 12 buff Orpingtons. Eggs are all different color so if I watch them hatch I can tell what breeds they are but in case they hatch while I'm not there.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you should be able to tell them apart when they hatch. The Easter Eggers should have a muff and probably green legs. The Orpingtons should be pure yellow. (female Orpingtons may have a dark spot on their head). Not sure what the others will be since they are a mix.
    I have tried keeping different breeds separate but I also have a styrofoam incubator and it's just not really big enough to put dividers in. I have used different color nail polish on their wings if I have chicks that look alike when little. But they have to be removed from the incubator as soon as they dry. And if several eggs hatch at the same time then I just have to hope I got them all color coded right.[​IMG]
     
  3. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The gal I got them from said that there could be some pure bred of both because they are all in the same pen together. Guess I will have to wait and see!!! THANKS!
     
  4. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    When I used a styrofoam incubator for hatching, I bought small plastic baskets and mesh bags for washing "delicates" from the dollar store. I cut pieces of washable shelf liner (also from there) and put them into the baskets, the set the eggs in there and put the whole thing into a mesh bag and zip it closed. Put the whole thing into the incubator, and when they hatch, the will stay separate in the mesh bags.
     
  5. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went to the craft store (Hobby Lobby if you have one near you) and bought plastic canvas. I was able to cut it and then sew it together into boxes that fit perfectly inside my bator.
     
  6. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great idea! Thank you!!
     
  7. ambe0487

    ambe0487 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is creative! I'll have to look into that as well! Thanks!
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Do you have any pics of these boxes with eggs and chicks in them @kuchchicks ?
     

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