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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AmyLynn2374, May 8, 2015.
You don't want to know...
That bottom picture is the direction I am heading. Much easier access
Sounds perfect to me! Nice!
Yup! I've gotten suckered into going to a lot of those parties!
SJ, first, congrats on all the hatches and the babies in the brooder!! Second, what is up with those pips?
I like the setup, SC. Mine will probably be something like that in 6 years if I don't move to a farm with stables, which is the dream plan. I love the sea foam green coop! One question, are the wood triangles for support of the frame? And how many different breeds do you have right now?
Congrats on the baby!
Love this. Looks very similar to the setup that the top peafowl breeders have.
Yes. Plus, it looks neat and tidy. What I've got now is just scattered coops/hutches.
Thats what I thought.
If it says Blue OR green eggs its mostly likely an EE, Ameracaunas are supposed to lay blue eggs
Yea, that's what they all say...
I like those also... I really need to re-organize mine. Dang chicken math...
The wood triangles come from these:
Hi I have been reading this post for the past 2 days. Love it! I haven't hatched in three years, because I moved from NY to PA, and I couldn't take my flock with me. I'm ready to start again. My coop is almost done. I couldn't find hatching eggs or chicks locally. So I purchase pullet chicks from Cackle Hatchery; 9 EE's and 7 Salmon Faverolle. And Shipped eggs 19 from a friend in NJ and 12 from Ebay. I bought a Brinsea 6 years ago, because it had great reviews (set it and leave it - fully automatic - just add water) and I was a novice. And most of the time I had great hatches with. 85% on shipped eggs. That % might have been higher because my first egg autopsy was my last. Couldn't handle the smell. So I might have had infertile eggs. All my eggs were to dark to candle, BCM, OE, EE, and Ameraucanas. But I am a researcher. So I started rereading Incubating information and there new data on hatching. Excellent or is it! I knew about weighing eggs but didn't. "New rules for shipped eggs" - don't turn them for 10 days, close the vent for 7 days but this has a major effect on humidity and appears contradictory. And everyone is suggesting humidity should be lower. A 2 hour cool down period should be done. And timing - warnings about lock down should be exactly 18 full days, not +/- a few hours. Okay I'm not a scientist, I am a financial analyst and except 4% variances. I set the eggs last Friday at 7pm. I did weigh each one, numbered them and candled them for cracks. Created a log and a calendar. The turner is not on. I put a 1/4 cup of water in 1 channel and closed the vent. Now the humidity stayed in the 50's. Tomorrow at 7ish I will candle turn on the turner and go back to my old "set and leave them method". I think the less I handle them the better. I did buy a new cool temp candler for dark eggs, so I have to use it. This other stuff is too much - will it improve my hatch rate or quality - IDK. Other than not turning - is any of the "new rules" important?
I have a Brinsea with the cool down feature. I don't use it. Like you, I hatch 85% +. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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