The 4th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-a-long

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Happy Chooks

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So I think I may have a broody hen. She has been sitting in her nest for 2 days straight and hasnt budged. If she stays at it I will set eggs under her for the hatchalong as well as in the incubator. How will that work for the hatch along? Do they count as 2 different sets or both together as a whole and how do I post a pic of the eggs being set under her just i guess after I place them under her take a pic before she sits back down? It probably doesnt really matter lol. Ive never had a broody before so this will be fun She is a new hen still in quatentine she was supposed to go with the main flock this sun her 30 days of quarentine are almost up but I can keep her where she is in the garage. If she really is broody I may ask lots of questions so bare with me lol.
Congrats! You don't need to take a picture of the eggs under the broody - no need to disturb her. Just say how many eggs you set under her and how many you set in your bator.

Today I got my first incubator (its my birthday)! So excited to start hatching eggs. I have it all setup and getting it to the right temperature. I have all my ducky eggs collected up and ready to go in (except for the ones I will get tomorrow). Can't wait to set my first set of eggs tomorrow at noon!
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yay!! my cuckoo maran is BROODY!!!
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i wil lhave two batches going on for the hatch along, one in my brinsea and one under Miss cuckoo. She will feel a little cuckoo once shes caring for all her chicks!
Congrats! I'm hoping for a broody soon.
Haaaalp!! I need to set my eggs very soon, and I'd like to do so tonight, but the only thermometer I have for my incubator is the little one that came with it (I have a Farm Innovators - one of the cheap ones from the feed store that's styrofoam with no turner) I have a better thermometer-hygrometer ordered, but I have no idea when it will get here. Do you think I'd be okay to set the eggs and get them started? I really don't want to mess up this clutch. But the longer I wait to set these eggs, the older they'll get. The oldest egg is already 9 days.




And on a different note: lericson, Happy Birthday!
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Not familiar with that bator, but I'd set them.
Thank you, all! Perhaps I will experiment with the thermometer tonight and early tomorrow morning before setting eggs, then. I think we have a medical therm. that I can use to help calibrate the extra little one that came with the bator.
The little ones that come with the bator are not accurate. I tell you this from personal experience and having a bad hatch. Get an accurate thermometer, like the Spot Check.
Since I have a broody I am going to see if she will hold out till the 10th, but she's a newbie at being broody so she might quit soon if she doesnt think its for her.
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Give her 3-4 fake eggs, that will keep her content until you are ready to give her eggs.
 

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It looks like today is the big day for those setting "mallard (derived) duck,goose, turkey, guinea: 28 days to hatch; set March 2nd".

I think we are supposed to take a picture of the eggs in the incubator, but I don't know where we are supposed to post it.
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Yes, today is set day for ducks, goose turkey and guinea eggs!


When you are finished setting all your eggs, take a picture of your eggs and how many you set. If you have a broody, just tell us how many you set under the broody. Post your picture and how many total eggs you set here in this thread.
 

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I am doing a staggered hatch with some eggs having been set yesterday and some being set in a few days- should I post them as I set them or when the official "march 9th day" is here? I already took pics of the ones i put in the incubator- just wanted to see when i should post.
Post them when ALL of your eggs are set.

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25 29 (I'm so excited I can't even count my eggs) Ducky eggs are set! - although those 12 empty spaces are looking like they need to be filled with Ameraucana eggs... I'll have to see if I can find any as I have no roosters.

 
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