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. 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. 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 SilkieSensation 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?