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Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by NTBugtraq, Jun 13, 2015.

  1. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    PC sucks. The girls give ya what ya want to hear, scflock gives ya what ya need[​IMG]
    Seriously, though, I have fun posting with you. You fascinate me because you could run circles around me with your business plan, spreadsheets, hacking of my account, etc... but you are feeding your chickens scratch. You are just a very complex person. You have the savant down pat, I'm just here to help with the other part[​IMG]. Plus, you're what, like 117 years old? But you say LOLZ? I just like getting a glimpse inside your head [​IMG]

    Ok, now down to the serious stuff. I feel qualified to comment on this because your incubator is exactly the same as mine, yours is just two of them welded together. I agree about the auto leveler. That would be a great feature. I also agree about the line in the water wells, but just don't fill them all the way. Whether they are full to the top, half full, or 1/4 full, your humidity will remain constant. Surface area determines humidity, not volume, so no need to top the wells every day. I fill mine 3/4 full to get my humidity to 40-42%. I check the humidity every day. When I come home from work and it has dropped below 30%, I add water again. Humidity for the first 18 days is just a target average. Highs of 48 and lows of 25 are fine, as long as my average stays around 42.
    Altitude doesn't affect me. I'm at 850ft, but I don't know that altitude was the biggest problem with your early hatches, it was the high temperatures. Maybe I'm oversimplifying it, but isn't 99.5 degrees just 99.5 degrees? Even at higher altitude? You said you were running around 102. That's why you had early hatches. It's just odd how you overanalyze some things, and totally ignore others. Like I said, you fascinate me.
    Yes, I have read that chicks generate heat. BFD [​IMG]. The Brinsea has a thermostat. To me that's just making it harder than it really is.
    About laying eggs flat at lockdown: I don't. No, a broody doesn't hatch eggs upright, but I do. I pull out the rails at lockdown and let the eggs settle as they fall. No lie, the most upright hatch with the least amount of difficulty. I don't have a good explanation why, but that's how it goes. As a matter of fact, I will leave clear eggs in just to take up enough space to keep them at a 45 degree angle or more, then pull them out when I pull out the chicks. People also say the Brinsea is too small to hatch a full load. BS. The underside of a broody is pretty cramped, too. I will attach 2 pics. The first is to show how upright my eggs are at lockdown, the second is to show what a full hatch looks like inside the unit


    Ok, so maybe not 45 degrees, but you get the idea. This was the only lockdown picture I had, and the polish eggs were smaller. I would have no qualms hatching totally vertical
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    This is 21 chicks inside an Octagon 20, along with the eggs they hatched from and 4 unhatched
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    Edit: See the 2 rubbery red wires that run in a square around the fan? Those are the heating elements
     
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  2. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    Wet bulb, shmet bulb. Overcomplicating it. I understand the theory behind wet bulb, but isn't that more for figuring humidity than actual temperature? My mind is overactive in the way that I look at things from a bunch of different angles and try to find the easiest way in. You have a scientific mind, your head is full of numbers, and you are adding equations where they aren't necessary. 99.5 degree average. 42% humidity. Set your parameters, keep some dadgum water in that thing, and shut up [​IMG]
     
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  3. WalnutHill

    WalnutHill Overrun With Chickens

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    I'm an overanalyzer too. I am sure a hen doesn't give much thought to what she does during incubation. She just does it. It may rain, it may be hot, it may be cold...she just works at keeping things consistent and nudging the eggs once in a while.
     
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  4. bantam brood 17

    bantam brood 17 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone, I candled last night as I was on day 7 it looks like I,ve got 3 develpoing 2 clears and 1 sloshing about, so hopefully I will have 3 chicks in 14 days [​IMG]
     
  5. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    It's kinda like child birth. My first two pregnancies, I read & read and tried to do everything I possibly could to have an easy labor. Both were terrible, long, hard labors. The last pregnancy, I just went with it. Ate right, took my vitamins but didn't think or prepare much for labor at all. It was a quick, easy, painless birth! Sometimes we do over complicate a process that is already pre-designed.
     
  6. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    What is the deal with this thread? I come over here, start slinging stuff around to get the old man riled up, and he disappears?
    What's happening, NT?
     
  7. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    Idk, I popped over to check it out and saw nothing was going on, so I added (rambled about) nonsense. NT, disappears for a couple days at a time and then comes back. I bet he's harvesting a million pieces of Garlic right now. ;)
     
  8. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    I think he's trying to figure out how to fit the bomb in the envelope
     
  9. RubyNala97

    RubyNala97 Overrun With Chickens

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    That's what anthrax is for.
     
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  10. scflock

    scflock Overrun With Chickens

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    But that's the beauty of NT. Take something simple, and do it the hardest way possible [​IMG]
     

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