Setting 100 on 1/6/16 in new Ova Easy 100...hatch along

NTBugtraq

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This will be my first of 13 settings in 2016, as I try to progress with my inbreeding project. My laying pullets are all 1st generation cross between a single BCM rooster, and 23 Red Sexlink hens. I've since added 2 unrelated BCM roosters to the flock. I estimate I will have 21 of these Gen1 pullets laying by 1/6, and hope to gather the 100 eggs needed in the 10 days leading up to the setting date. The setting date has been chosen based on my local meat processor, who closes just before Christmas and opens again on May 31. 1/6 gets me 18 week old cockerels on their opening day. I'm setting 100 approximately ever 24 days through to October 20, which should net me Gen 4 birds, in the hopes they lay beautifully dark BCM-type eggs.

I did 8 settings this year, the last one on October 1st. Chicks and larger birds are doing great, with some natural selection occurring. I expect that to continue with these winter hatches as I will be putting chicks into outdoor (well, in the coop) brooders on Day 2 or 3. I have 3 brooders, and have had 33 4-week olds in one before, so they should be fine. At 4 weeks they will be released in a Juvenile coop. This year I have found that having many different aged birds, albeit close in age (3-4 weeks between groups) leads to few problems in the coop. Given they are diversely colored, no one group dominates and new additions are accepted. The biggest problem is crowding. When the birds bunch up to share body heat, inevitably one every day or two gets lost due to smothering. This only seems to happen when birds are 5-6 weeks old, and only for that 2 week period. I am accepting these losses as natural selection. I should point out that this is happening with 70+ birds together who aren't roosting. Once they roost there is a ton of space, and no more deaths.

I used a Hovabator 1544, a Janoel 48, and a Brinsea Octo40 EX ADV this year. I've opted to replace all of those with this new Brinsea Ova Easy 100. I received it today, and its one beautiful piece of precision equipment. This is the "Series II" version, which from what I can tell, are an upgrade from the originals. Series II includes room temperature sensing (high and low), and a way to make the trays level on demand (great for being able to take trays out to weigh them.) Mine came with a free Advanced Humidity Pump also. There's a cooling feature, simulating a hen getting up off her eggs daily. I can play with how often the trays tilt, or how often the Advanced Humidity Pump cycles (useful if pumping up, or over long distances, or even to multiple bators). Anyway, lots of menu items to play with...eventually.

For this first use, I plan to follow Brinsea's instructions. That means from Day 1; 99.5F, 45% RH, Trays turned every 45 minutes - from Day 7, cooling for 2 hours a day - from Day 19, RH 65% and turning stopped.

I am considering putting all the eggs that will go into the setting into the Brinsea with its temperature set at 68F (the lowest temperature it offers) with the idea of using it to keep the eggs turning leading up to the actual set date. Not sure if 68F is too high to "store" eggs without causing any incubation to occur. I thought I might be able to provide reasonably high humidity during that time to prevent weight loss. This part is all speculation at this moment. I may just rig up some other method of turning them manually leading up to set date.

So, let me know what you are setting. I do not wish to take anyone away from the 7th Annual BYC New Year's Day Hatch-A-Long. They're hatching before I'm setting. There is probably a ton of great advice in that thread to help with brooding in winter and such.
 
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WVduckchick

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I was going to do the NYD thing, but changed my mind. I set 8 duck eggs on 11/17, removed one clear on day 7, and added 18 chicken eggs, so they will all be due Dec 15th. My own stock, all pullets. But out of the 18, I only had 3 clear, so I have 7 ducks and 15 chicks developing well with one week to go! Using my Brinsea Oct 20 Adv with pump.
 

scflock

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Are you still alive?
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And got an Ova Easy 100?
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We have a saying down here: "That boy's got more money than sense"
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Seriously, though, I can't wait to see a review on the 100
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I just finished off a 100% hatch, so I'm all high and mighty and can tell you everything you are doing wrong again
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WVduckchick

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Haha well, I dont really have a plan yet. I'm actually hatching these for a gal that moved here to WV from Nevada and couldn't bring her birds, so she is restocking. It kinda depends on how many she takes once they hatch, how many I sell, and how many I keep. So we'll see.

@WalnutHill set a bunch today, so she'll have some hatching before yours also. @scflock finished a 100% hatch this morning, not sure when he plans to set again. Can't think of who else is setting soon, but I'm sure they will be around...

See, he showed up before I finished typing lol
 
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NTBugtraq

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Are you still alive?
smack.gif

And got an Ova Easy 100?
smack.gif

We have a saying down here: "That boy's got more money than sense"
gig.gif

Seriously, though, I can't wait to see a review on the 100
droolin.gif

I just finished off a 100% hatch, so I'm all high and mighty and can tell you everything you are doing wrong again
thumbsup.gif


lolz, there is something wrong with this site and/or my browser, as I cannot get it to consistently give me the full-text editor...sucks.

Yes, I am still here...;-] I'm in the process of moving my brooders into my coop. I took them out some weeks ago, and managed to get rid of all the dust...never doing that again. As for money, hey, if I am going to do it, do it right, I say. I am selling my two previous bators and hope to make this one cheaper. I think, after the Christmas sales, I might actually end up with this Ova Easy for less than the price of an Octo 40...we'll see.


I started the review as I unpacked, but so many things are going to have to wait till I have enough eggs to load it. One thing that is great is that the bars that separate the eggs are all plastic...;-] What do you think of my trying the cooling idea? Also, how do you turn your eggs prior to setting?

Gratz on the 100% hatch, that's awesome and amazing, but you knew you would get there.

Lolz, did a preview, it said it was in basic format and I could change it to rich text, I said yes, it added a line break everywhere, but still no rich text buttons to edit with...sheesh
 
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