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Will This Burn In The Incubator??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BirdBoy88, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    Good Morning [​IMG]

    Ok i have a boat load of eggs coming within these up coming 2 weeks and some will hatch the sameday and other on different days but my Birthday is on the 17th and all my eggs i get will hatch after the 17th so i'm hoping my family gets the bator i've been asking for for months now so i can use for a hatcher [​IMG]

    But if not [​IMG]

    I wanted to put something in my bator when the eggs start to hatch.. like a 3inch high piece of cardboard to divide the bator in half cuz we all know when chicks hatch they will push roll and knock other eggs all over the place so would cardboard burn in the bator?

    I want to be safe so if that will burn what can i use that wont burn?

    *Edite for spelling*
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  2. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have the same issue. I know the cardboard won't burn, the real problem is that the hatching eggs need to have the incubator closed and the humidity up and the still developing eggs need to be turned and need less humidity.

    I stupidly placed eggs a week apart in my bator, and I really don't want to buy a second one. my plan is to put the eggs in cartons with the air cell side up. I'm going to just barely lift the top off the bator and lift each side of the carton three times a day on the eggs that aren't due to hatch yet....and hope the excess humidity won't horribly harm them.

    if you could get a second bator that would be, of course, the best bet. otherwise egg cartons might protect the developing eggs from marauding hatching chicks. I'm interested to see what others have to say.
     
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    This is my 3rd time hatching eggs and the first two times i had eggs hatch on different days.. they made it fine.. my first hatch i had chicken and duck eggs that were due on different days then my second hatch i had chicken button quail and coturnix quail eggs due on different days and they all hatch out fine [​IMG]

    But if i do get a second bator for my b-day that would be BIG help so i'm hoping [​IMG]

    i have a auto turner so the only thing i would worry about is opening the bator top when it's time to take the first set of chicks out.. but i'm still confused and trying to see what can i put in there to divide so the chicks wont climb all over the turner rack with the other unhatch eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. bangor777

    bangor777 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, your post was good news to me, i'm glad that someone's had success with a staggered hatch. Wouldn't you have to take your egg turner out though? If you take the turner out you could try the egg carton thing.
     
  5. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    Maryland
    I'm glad it was help for you [​IMG]



    Quote:Most would do that but i'm afraid if i did do that then everytime i went to lift one side of the carton i would be losing humidity?

    And plus turning eggs by hand always stresses me out..lol
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2008
  6. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    So you turn your hatching eggs until they are out?

    An incubator is only around 100F. It gets that hot outside and most materials don't burst into flame randomly. So long as it didn't touch the heating element I don't see how there would be a problem. An incubator is warm but not that hot. I was thinking of trying something similar with cutting the flaps off some boxes and connecting them together or to the mesh to seperate the eggs into little groups instead of having all of them lined up together where 1 chick can go bowling right through all of them. Then I decided to just put most of them in the carton.
     
  7. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    Birdboy - just do what I did: My B-day is on the 16th (Go Leo's!) so I just bought my own and told myself "HAPPY BIRTHDAY!" of course it was two weeks early and I will still expect ummm nothing because my hubby usually forgets [​IMG]
     

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