The 7th Annual BYC Easter Hatch-A-Long!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by Happy Chooks, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. TJordan

    TJordan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 27, 2014
    Lower Alabama

    Good luck. We want pictures of them all. To bad your not near me. You could toss in a Black Australorp into the mixing pot [​IMG]
  2. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

    Get the eggs that have fertile on the carton.
  3. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Check this out! A frizzled, or frazzled..or what ever it is..Parakeet!

  4. JoyfulPromise

    JoyfulPromise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2011
    Fostoria, MI
    So for those of you who do a lot of staggered hatching, how do you manage the humidity?[​IMG] I am planning to do my first staggered hatching this Spring in my new (to me) Brinsea Ova-Easy 190. It has 3 automatic turning shelves, and a place for 1 hatching tray on the bottom, so my plan was to fill up one tray each week and move them down until they are on the bottom floor to hatch. In my LG styrobaters I did a dry hatch for most of the incubation, and only bumped the humidity up to 60-70% for the last 3 days, which worked fine. Can I do basically the same thing in the Ova-Easy with the staggered hatching, and assume that the 3 days of higher humidity won't hurt the eggs that are only 1 or two weeks along?
  5. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    I never, ever use the plugs. Not even in the beginning. Haven't for yrs. I have pretty good hatches. Not always on the shipped eggs, but finding out that having a rooster back there sure is nice..better hatches all the way!
    Sold my latest boy, getting to crow too often, now, I'm waiting on a Blue Copper Marans boy to get old enough. A few months to go.
    Will have to find eggs for the hatch a long from someone close by.
  6. aplynn

    aplynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2015
    Buxton, Maine

    That is some AWSOME info. The hens I hope will go broody are young they just started laying eggs about 2-3 weeks ago and they are bantam silkies, I got them spacifically for their broody nature. I hope it works would be nice to have some mommy baby pics to add to my collection lol and no more bator
  7. KYTinpusher

    KYTinpusher Master Enabler

    Sep 3, 2011
    Northern KY
    I use 2 incubators - one to incubate in and one to hatch - so I can't help you there. But I am interested in other's answers as I will be building a big cabinet incubator. [​IMG]
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

    Jul 9, 2009
    Northern CA
    My Coop

  9. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Congrats!! look at that color!!! love loveeeeee

    [​IMG]awwww I am sorry



    AND very pretty in the bator!!!

    We dont have too much info in the incu thread collected yet, as most are incu in bators
    but this is whats in the notes, perhaps you want to read some

    Encourage Hens to Hatch Eggs
    SHOULD I move my BROODY mamma? discussion begins post #28264 post #28269
    Broody Hens CLICK HERE
    Letting Broody Hens Hatch & Raise Chicks CLICK HERE

    Encouraging or Discouraging Broodiness CLICK HERE

    Broody Hens versus Incubators CLICK HERE

    tons more info on fowl and incubation
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  10. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 23, 2015

    I've got two broodies and hopefully will be getting more soon. Broodies are a lot of work, but once they have chicks they replace electrical heat lights quite nicely, which I really enjoy. How do you promote it? There is some great advice in early posts. For me, it just kind of happens when I don't expect it. [​IMG]

    Do you have a farmers market near you? You might find some good hatchable eggs there as well.

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