What do you do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by enggass, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. Here's the scenario.
    I will be using the Brinsea Octagon 20 Eco to hatch 24 eggs next Spring. I also need to hatch another 8 eggs just after the first batch because obviously I cannot hatch them all at once.
    When doing successive hatches, at what point can I put my newbies with the first batch in the brooder? They will 3 weeks apart in age... What do you all do? Besides buy another incubator:/
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Use a piece of chicken wire in between the two hatches in the brooder for a few days so they get to know each other.
     
  3. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what I was thinking - at least for a week or so+/-. Has anyone tried this successfully?
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Over and over and over and over again. See my BYC page for integrating babies with adults.
     
  5. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do keep mine indoors in the brooder for the first 8 weeks. Then I move them outside.
    I see in the pic the birds are somewhat older.
    Do you think a wire separation in the brooder itself with new chicks vs 3 week old chicks would allow me to integrate them all within the brooder after a period of time but before moving them all outside together?
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:Yep it should only take a few days when they are that young. My chicks will be 4 weeks old when my newly hatched ducklings hit the brooder.
     
  7. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advice!
     
  8. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    No problem!! Enjoy them, they don't stay small long enough for my liking.
     
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Over and over and over and over again.

    Yup, yup, yup. Works great.
     

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