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TOPIC: When to start Incubation

When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2085

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I am sure there are lots of variables and personnel opinions but I would love to hear them and see them posted in one place.

QUESTION: What is the right time of the year to start up the incubator so you will have appropriate age birds for show?
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Re: When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2090


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Man thats a good Question I cant wait to read all the comments on this one LOL I'll start in late Dec are early Jan with all my Project birds Feb & March for male birds April thru june for pullets,,,,,,,,,, And all thet depends on my luck ...LOL...
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Re: When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2095

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we put our males that we going to use in the breed pens in early dec, the hens or pullets later that month. we hatch until mid april for male line. female line starts in march until may or june.
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Re: When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2103


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Well I would not say what i'm going to do is right for many people. This is my first year so for the next couple years i'm going to try and hatch a bunch. So far i've only hatched around 400. I started hatchng in Feb. I stopped hatching around the first of July. But I plan on start hatching in Sept with my project birds and probably around December on my BB's. Within my first 2 years I'd like to hatch off around 1500-2000 chicks.
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Re: When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2109


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This season I thought I would wait on my hens to start laying naturaly and it put me a little late on my cockerels. I'm afraid it may be spring of 2013 before some of my cockerels will be mature enough to show. As far as pullets are concerned I think I will be alright? But to answer the initial question, I would think that most everyone tries to get there male lines hatched off as close to the first of the year as possible. This allows more time for them to mature for the fall shows. I think there is alot of differance between a cockerel that was hatched in the first 3 months of the year compared to one that was hatched in May or June?
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Re: When to start Incubation 6 years 1 month ago #2111


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Started last year in December. Still found that to be late. Am trying to get started with some inEarly November. Will be turning lights on october 1.
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