~*Third Annual Cinco de Mayo Turkey Hatch-Athon*~ all poultry welcome!

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by ChooksChick, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    During the Inaugural Turkey Hatchathon, we were a small but mighty group of newbies and old-timers.


    Last year during the 2nd Annual, we were a spry mix with dry humor, fabulous numbers, and obnoxious straight-jackets.



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    This year many of us have our own turkeys starting to lay, and we're seeing our first eggs depending on our region.


    It's still early, but in order to have plenty of time to arrange for eggs, get brooders in order and start sewing,


    It's time for the Third Annual Cinco de Mayo Hatchathon!


    For those considering growing turkeys for Thanksgiving, set day is the perfect time to set to have a grown tender bird for the occasion.


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    Even if you aren't considering turkeys, you'll be quite welcome to join us in this event to chat along as we count down. Newbies are always welcome and there are very knowledgeable folks on here who can help you learn about incubating. Please look at the help links we post along the way, as they can offer a bunch of answers!


    I call this Hatch-Along a Hatchathon because it's a whole WEEK longer to hatch turkeys (and geese, ducks and peas) so the WAITING is greatly increased...anxiety and anticipation grow exponentially at the end!!!


    Whatever you care to hatch, join us as we start planning for the event.


    Search for some eggs to set, coax a hen to brood, borrow or buy an incubator.



    We'll set Turkey, Goose, Duck, and Pea eggs on April 7th at noon, your time zone.


    Chicken eggs will be set April 14th at noon, your time zone.




    Fowl

    Days of Incubation

    Set Date

    Stop Turning At Day

    Hatch Date









    Turkey

    28

    7-Apr

    Day 25

    5-May
    Chicken

    21

    14-Apr

    Day 18

    5-May
    Duck

    28

    7-Apr

    Day 25

    5-May
    Duck (Muscovy)

    36

    30-Mar

    Day 31

    5-May
    Goose

    32

    3-Apr

    Day 25

    5-May
    Guinea Fowl

    28

    7-Apr

    Day 25

    5-May
    Peafowl

    29

    6-Apr

    Day 25

    5-May
    Pheasant

    25

    10-Apr

    Day 21

    5-May
    Quail

    23

    12-Apr

    Day 20

    5-May
    Coturnix Quail

    17

    18-Apr

    Day 15

    5-May
    Chukar

    23

    12-Apr

    Day 20

    5-May






    Please just post here in the thread if you intend to participate, and we'll work on contests and fun. If you want to sponsor a contest, let me know.


    If you'd like to help corral the participants, post a daily summary, or shadow-box squirrels in zip-locks, please message me.



    Contests:




    Participants so far:
    ChooksChick
    CayuseRanch
    • Jessshan8
    • silly4buttons
    • Loghousemom
    • yinepu
    • Manningjw​


    Helpful links:


    Helpful Hints for All

    yinepu's Turkey Incubation Tell-All
    This is the guide all Hatchathon participants should read!

    Incubation Cheat Sheet
    This is a basic primer on dry incubation and benefits thereof

    Where's Sally Sunshine's hint sheet?
     
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  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    I thought I'd start us off with some shots of my boys, Rhett and Percy and one of my hens, Ruby

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    I lost Rhett this fall to a coyote, mid-day, and I need a new BR tom!
     
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  3. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am absolutely in! I have two toms and and a hen from last years hatch. No eggs of yet! They were supposed to be burbon red....but there not. Not sure what they are. I will have to post a pic. If I don't have eggs I will buy some. Maybe we should try a turkey swap this year!

    Ps...what happened to the incubators anonymous thread? I definitely need an intervention or a straight jacket. No one tell DH but come mid February I'm gonna have about a hundred chicks in the house.
     
  4. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Oh, crud!? I wonder what you got?

    I don't have eggs yet, but I'm hoping to- I did last year, for certain. Tons. Swapping is good.

    I dunno about the incubators anon! I'll have to go look. I have NOTHING in my Sportsman, but about 40 in the Rcom. I have 40 14 week olds in one brooder house, 15 8 week olds in another, 20 4 week olds, 10 2 week olds, and now another set of day-olds...I need that thread again!!
     
  5. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am definitely in for this and it is the third year of participation for me in this. I have allot of BR toms and hens so I am expecting tons of Eggs. ChooksChick If you need some BR eggs I am sure we could work out an egg swap..... I do not have eggs yet but will. PM me if interested in a swap I do not need turkey eggs in return for the BR eggs. I will get pics of my birds and post them soon.
     
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  6. silly4buttons

    silly4buttons Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Iam in i never done turkey's before know I have to find some eggs what's a good turkey breed I don't want a lot of eggs just a few 3 or 4 tops
     
  7. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe we can get enough people together to set up swaps. Good way to get new breeds in our existing flocks and diversify bloodlines.
     
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  8. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    maybe we can set up a swap for some Bourbon Red eggs from my hens? What breeds of foul do you have?
     
  9. CayuseRanch

    CayuseRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I might be interested. I have Black Copper Marans & Cuckoo marans, Blue/Black/Splash Cochin, Easter Egger and Olive Egger.
     
  10. Loghousemom

    Loghousemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am looking to find turkey eggs again this year, and my goose is laying so I hope to set a few of those too. Well, and of course some chickens. ;)
     

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