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We should have our hatching eggs either Monday or Tuesday. Kids are so excited. Too bad they don't understand they will be looking at "eggs" for 21 days.... :lol:

Got some work to do on the chicken coop, but beyond that, we are ready. Spent the last day getting the incubator set corectly. :thumbsup:
 

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what kind of incubator did you get?

Just remember to keep the humidity high of the shells will dry out.
 

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Just remember Murphy's law. The only time I ever had a total "no hatch" was when I did it to show the grand kids. Be ready to run out and buy a few day olds if needed. :shock:
 

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Bjorn, remember you have to make a pen on the floor in the kitchen or livingroom next to the stove to keep the little chicks warm until the weather gets warm enough. And they can better take care of there self and the cats and animals can't get to them. :roll: And the ceep, ceep, ceep will put you right to sleep at night. :lol: Jack

P.S. the kids will love it, but not to sure about the wife. :mrgreen:
 

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We raised a ton of them a few years ago. My wife sold poultry for a living for three years when we first got married.
Get your box set up BEFORE they hatch. Stabilize the temperature in your brooder at 100 two days in advance so you don't have any fluctuation.
Leave them in the incubator with the lid down from day number eighteen until the last bird hatches plus a few hours.(or two days, after which discard any late hatchers)
When you do lose young birds you will tend to lose them a few at a time rather than one or two, so make sure you plan on extras. On shipped eggs fifty percent hatch is great and less than half will turn into hens.
Happy birds are quiet birds. A thermometer at one hundred with plenty of light will keep most chicks alive, vibrant, and quiet until the feed runs out.
 
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