1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    If you're already a member of our community, click here to login & click here to learn what's new!

Setting up the bator and setting shipped eggs this week....anyone else wanna join?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenlickin8, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    934
    24
    153
    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Day 13 and added some water to the bator. Humidity is at 52% tonight. It's sounds like everyone is getting sooo excited for their hatch day to get here. I know I am. 5 days til lockdown!

    Vicki, can wait to see pics of the broody babies...how many have hatched so far?

    Melinda, did you guys get through the storm ok? We had a strong storm come through here last night and power was out for a few mins only...thankfully.

    Gloria Jean, how exciting....lockdown is so fun and I'm sure Mattie is watching for the first pip [​IMG] Let us know when the hatching begins....

    Fisherman's wife - silkie babies will be so adorable....can't wait to see them

    Have a good evening everyone!
     
  2. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

    8,176
    527
    298
    Oct 13, 2012
    Racine, WI -
    My Coop
    Too cold out for me to take a peek. I leave the broody's alone for at least three days. I treat it like a lock down. The last thing I want to do is disturb the humidity and heat of the broody. I have no idea what is under her yet. I am sure I will find out shortly.

    I am off to check my humidity and put my other chicks to bed. I am really looking forward to a good hatch..Looking forward to lock down and final count on eggs expected to hatch. The last week seems to take the longest.

    Good luck on all the hatches out there..we need pictures too!!
     
  3. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    934
    24
    153
    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    Morning All. Day 14 is here and it's a chilly morning in FL...40s. I'm sure that temp sounds good to some of you....LOL! Checking eggs and humidity before work and this weekend I'm going to start setting up the brooder and getting ready for HATCH DAY!!! This time next week we should all have some pics to share....can't wait to see them! Pics are a must! [​IMG]

    Vicki - looking forward to see those broody baby pics. Nothing cutier than mama and chicks! [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

    8,176
    527
    298
    Oct 13, 2012
    Racine, WI -
    My Coop
    Me too...I have not seen a chick yet..bitter cold..it is 0 out. I am going to wait till it is a bit warmer. The chicks could get chilled and I am sure she is not done hatching. Usually broodys hatch out for three days It is supost to warm up to 30 next week.

    I have that staggard hatch and I think I am going to do lock down on Tuesdays. I will check Monday to make a decision.
     
  5. chickenlickin8

    chickenlickin8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    934
    24
    153
    Jun 26, 2008
    Valrico, Florida
    My Coop
    I will be starting lockdown on Tuesday as well. Can't wait!!! I can't believe it is 0 degrees there....that is crazy cold. Are the broody and babies in a heated barn or coop?

    Gloria Jean - any pips yet?
     
  6. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,194
    68
    241
    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I have a genesis1588 hatcher the eggs are in it. but even then it is winter and I think my temp may have been a bit low at times. maybe 99.7 or so. I may be a day late we will see. When the hatcher is full it holds the heat best. Sunday is the target date but there is no rocking or rolling yet.

    Scott, I have to ask my Br. if he is interested in the chicks I believe he will be, then I will contact you. Your flock looks beautiful. Gloria jean
     
  7. fishermans wife

    fishermans wife Chillin' With My Peeps

    575
    13
    143
    Sep 2, 2009
    Ventura County
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  8. delisha

    delisha Overrun With Chickens

    8,176
    527
    298
    Oct 13, 2012
    Racine, WI -
    My Coop
    I am an old time chicken keeper. I have never heated my coop. I do not believe in it. Birds have survived in the wild with out interference from us quite a while. I would be terrified with heat in the barn. If we would ever loose power (and we do in Winter storms) my birds would all be dead. In 30 years I have never had a bird freeze. My coops are open to allow fresh air circulation in all weather. I also believe it is moisture that kills, added heat would increase moisture. Have you ever felt under a chickens wing in bitter cold temps? It is toasty warm.
     
  9. crazyhen

    crazyhen Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,194
    68
    241
    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I do not believe in heating the coop either. The only time I had sick chicks was when I heated their water one winter to keep it from freezing. I think the bacteria multiplied to rapidly in it. Since then I always add vinegar to it and do not use the water heater unless it is going below 20 degrees. Mostly I just change it each morning or break it early on for them to drink. Now I do not live in the coldest of climates so I can not speak for those area but I do not think heating a coop would be wise or to tight a coop either because of the moisture problem like you said D. Gloria Jean
     
  10. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,094
    35
    158
    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    Long time no see. I am setting up my incubator for the first time and freaking out!!! I feel mildly panic attack, lol. My eggs will all be here on Friday and Saturday and hatch starts sat night. Eek!!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by