Ways to separate chicks while hatching

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenmomma16, May 24, 2017.

  1. chickenmomma16

    chickenmomma16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a Brinsea Octagon and I need ideas on how to separate 5 different breedings. I was looking at mesh bags to put the eggs in at lock down. Kinda like the ones you get those clementines in. Has anyone used these or is there a better option out there?
     
  2. Tenrec

    Tenrec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would not use mesh bags. Chicks are very good at finding trouble, and I can see their fragile little legs getting tangled in those easily.

    I wish I could help you, I do not know any solution besides keeping tabs as they hatch so you know who is who.
     
  3. KaytaComyn

    KaytaComyn Out Of The Brooder

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    If you see each one hatching you can put leg tags on them. I use the flat wrap around leg rings when they first hatch to keep track of who's who. I've also heard of people staggering the hatch dates, putting each breed in 2 days apart.
     
  4. chickenmomma16

    chickenmomma16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is one breed, with 5 single matings so telling them apart will be next to impossible. It was a last minute setting of eggs so they are already 6 days into incubation. I will be toe punching them once out but I cannot guarantee I will be there for each individual chick to hatch. I just need something to contain them in case I cannot get there right away and multiple chicks hatch. I saw a thread a long time ago that had some ideas but I seem to be having trouble with the new BYC search. I can't seem find the info I need now.
     

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