Tell me why I'm doing this....

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by gryeyes, Sep 9, 2010.

  1. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Okay, so I fell in love with a few bantam breeds, and they aren't sexed at the feed store. So, straight run it was. And, thus, roosters. They're cute, though. Really cute.

    But the resulting cacophony of crowing is a bit daunting - for my neighbors. I kinda like it. I can tell which breed is crowing, from inside the house. (But I have doors and windows open most of the time due to the weather around here.)

    Still, I manage to curb myself at the feed store when buying feed because there's going to be no more straight run additions to my addiction. Oh, look, there's a couple of standard breed chicks I don't have yet AND they're ones I want!

    Wait, there's such a thing as incubators, I know this because I've found myself perusing that section of BYC. My, my, my, looks like a whole lot of trouble.

    Months later. Still looks like a whole bunch o' trouble. Better get a SMALL incubator, like the Brinsea Mini Advance, which only holds 7 eggs. Can't go hog-wild with that. Whoa! Won an auction of 6+ Olive Egger hatching eggs! Who'da thunk it??

    Whoo hooo! First hatch: 5 surviving olive egger chicks. Probably 2, possibly 3 cockerels, 2 pullets. MAYBE 3. We'll see. Two cockerels for absolutely sure. (One little hatchling came out of the shell with a burgeoning comb!)

    Brinsea Mini Advance is a great, fool-proof incubator. Must get another. So I did, and I sprung for the highest version, two Mini Advance EX models. Now I have 3 incubators which each hold 7 eggs.

    Two more hatches later (3 hatchlings from each, all 6 in the brooder), I see there's a digital incubator called an R-COM and it holds THREE eggs. It arrived today.

    The third Brinsea has 7 more eggs in it, due to hatch around the 24th of this month. (So I'll be in the September Hatch-A-Long for quite a while, yet...)

    I have two more sets of eggs being shipped to me, to refill the now-empty first two incubators. Still no more than 7 at a time.

    But what the heck is the difference between buying straight run chicks and hatching 'em myself???[​IMG]

    I'd sure like to know what is driving me to do this.

    Hang on, I must go sit in the Nursery/Bathroom for a while, admiring my babies. [​IMG]
  2. Armageddon

    Armageddon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2010
    Southern California
    Quote:Oh god that is funny! I don't have an incubator yet, although I want one really bad....
  3. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh the sweet addiction has claimed yet another victim......
    We started with two chicks. Last year we had over 300 birds in 27 different varieties and hatched another 600+ chicks. Started a mail order poultry products business and opened an on site store. Dropped down to 100 birds and now back to about 150 plus chicks just hatched and more in the incubator.
    It's a serious addiction with no possible cure......
  4. BeckyBird

    BeckyBird Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 11, 2008
    There is just something special about hatching your own eggs. I don't know what it is, but it is a magical experience. I've been a hatching addict since 1991, and it only seems to get stronger with time.

    You have the fever, no doubt about that. Incubating your own eggs is probably more expensive than just buying the chicks, but it is waaaaay more fun!

    I also have the r-com, and just bought the Eco-20 this year. I recommend it if you are looking for another incubator any time soon. (You probably will, hehe!) I fit 39 small silkie eggs in it. The r-com can fit 7, although you will have to hand turn them in that one, since the turner only holds 3.

    Well, happy hatching. Enjoy your new incubator!

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