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TOPIC: HATCHING

Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5303

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That's good mr.Barry
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5304


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hello. what kind of hatcher are you using? most bb red female line birds dont hatch well. for the last 2 yrs ive used hens to hatch.
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5308


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Hello mprice,
I'm incubating in a GQF 1500 and hatching in a Dickey incubator. I can set one up just for the first 18 days and then set the hatcher up for the last 3 days. One thing I've noticed is that the female line birds take longer to hatch out than male line. Most don't begin hatching until the 21st. day so, I don't take them out until the 22nd. day. Once I put the eggs in the hatcher, I don't open it again until I'm ready to take them out. I think many people make the mistake of opening the incubator to see how the hatch is progressing and this causes problems with birds that are trying to hatch. They can dry out and stick to the membrane rather easily.
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5311


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i totaly agree barry with the last thang you said when my incubator broke went to a back up that has to be turn by hand and hatching has dramaticly went down from last year really hurting
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5312


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I use a GQF Hatcher only and open the door twice daily to turn eggs. I keep 3 drawers going until I get finished hatching. I have to turn by hand and have had 100% hatch rate the last 3 hatchings. 2 in October and one this month. I don't think opening the door causes any problems unless you don't have enough humidity to start with. If you open the door you will need more humidity which I have solved. I did have one egg from a pair of female line BB's and I did notice she was the last one out of the egg. I only have one pair of Tanner BB's and the pair I have don't lay much.
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5316


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You are definitely doing something right there blood to get hatches like that. Must have some very fertile chickens too.
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5320


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Forgot one thing my incubator has an external on/off switch. I turn the incubator off before opening it. I think that helps keep the moisture and warmth in the incubator while I turn the eggs.
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Re: HATCHING 5 years 3 months ago #5321

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Yes turn the fan off when you open it
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Re: HATCHING 4 years 6 months ago #9235


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2014 season: 32 eggs = 9 fertile = 8 baby chicks. Lol at this rate it will be a long hatching season.
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Re: HATCHING 4 years 6 months ago #9243


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I have 30 due to hatch in a week and a half. I expect to have about the same result. That first hatch is always rough.
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