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Whose incubators are full?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by A.T. Hagan, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

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    You know, when I bought my Dickey cabinet incubator two years ago I chose the smaller 2x2 model because I could not conceive of ever actually filling the thing. And until this spring I didn't.

    But I wanted some new blood for my turkey breeding so I ordered in some eggs. He had some nice looking clean legged Cuckoo Marans so I ordered some of those too. And some Standard Bronze eggs (they're coming in a couple of weeks) But that only amounted to a little more than half a tray. But my turkeys finally started to lay so I put in twenty five of theirs as well. Turkey eggs take up the space of two chicken eggs with the holders I'm using. Now I'm a hair over one tray full.

    Then the folks at the county fair asked if I'd do a hatching display for them. Need to hatch over a four day period and it's going to be in an outdoors tent. Better make sure I'm going to have enough ready-to-hatch on Day 19 and some backups in case something goes wrong at the fair grounds. So we set eighty one and filled the bottom tray.

    The dang thing is full!

    But the fair was last weekend and the shipped turkey and Maran eggs hatched a week ago so that emptied things out quite a bit.

    Which was a good thing because I had two flats of turkey eggs in the refrigerator that had been waiting. Last Saturday we set fifty five to go with the twenty five that were already in there that are due to start hatching along about Friday.

    Now it's back to full again. It runs more efficiently when it's full, don'tcha know?

    The wife is starting to give me the look. You know the one that all "not with it" spouses give you when they're beginning to think you've gone over the edge... [​IMG]

    Could be worse I suppose. I could be hanging out in bars chasing the college girls. At least this way I'm home nights. Watching the turning trays go this way then that way and patiently logging the time/date/temperature/humidity data in the chart on the refrigerator. It's a good lesson for the kids in devotion and attention to detail! "Don't worry, darlin'! The feed bill will come down when I sell this lot at the swaps..."

    So, whose incubators are full?
     
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2011
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    the fact that I just ordered 2 more Brinsea say that I gone off the deep edge?
     
  3. Thomas423

    Thomas423 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My first bator (Genesis 1588) kept filling too quickly so I ordered another. Now it's half full and when I add the current eggs it'll be full.
    I have my original Little Giant that I use as the hatcher so my hatches are staggered.

    For sale: Splash silkies, white silkies, WCB polish and leghorns (white and/or buff) LOL
     
  4. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Guilty!!!! 3 cabinet incubators!!!, 3 stryofoam, 1 cabinet hatcher and one metal one.

    Got a used stryo trying to adjust it...May add another.

    Please do you want to buy some eggs

    Got turkey eggs now only $4 an egg and super fertility...I ship like a maniac...also 12 kinds of chickens, ducks, 2 kinds of geese and guineas and pumpkin hulseys!
     
  5. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    My two shelf cabinet incubator has 12 dozen eggs in it all the time. [​IMG]
     
  6. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Hello fellow hatchaholic!
     
  7. shellyga

    shellyga Chillin' With My Peeps

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    GUILTY AS CHARGED... I started with one hovabotor.. that worked well.. but then I began to notice some double stacking issues.. so I bought a Brinsea (hold 24 eggs).. that helped.. but then I thought.. humm MAYBE if I bought just ONE more hovabator with a turner.. AND another to use as a hatcher.. all my overcrowding issues would be over. Being a full fledged member of the "HATCHAHOLICS" CLUB..that didn't last long.. I just bought a little Brinsea that hold 8-10 eggs for my classroom. Justified it as a educational tool.

    I find myself trying to hold off of auctions (NANCY is terribly tempting with hers!!) and egg swaps(but ooh they are so much fun) until I see an opening in the trays..lol...do I need to even mention the crazy egg train!!

    Example: eggs going into lockdown (in the recently aquired hatcher) on Thursday and Sunday - that clears JUST enough room for the ones I have coming in between Thursday and Saturday - with the day of rest for the Saturday eggs--timing is perfect... I pat myself on the back for being such a scheduling genius!

    Just know that you have great company with your hatching obsession.
    Shelly
     
  8. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine was full! Until a new Brinsea 360 arrived yesterday [​IMG]
     
  9. bargain

    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm Premium Member

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    Quote:You are wonderful Shelly!!! LOL, yes you must be an excellent scheduler!!! Eggs shipped to you today...3 boxes!!!!
     
  10. HaikuHeritageFarm

    HaikuHeritageFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just set 42 in my LG this morning. It's pretty dang full, but I have room for maybe two more large eggs and about 4 small or banty eggs (at the end of the row...all my eggs are quite large and can't fit that last one in there!)

    I'm eager to see if this thing works better when full.
     

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