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John W Blehm

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The first setting of the hatching season
« on: December 30, 2020, 05:43:50 PM »
I'm using a cabinet setter incubator with 3 racks, so with chicken eggs that hatch every 21 days I set eggs weekly with 96 eggs per rack.  Since I know not all the eggs in the 1st setting will be fertile  and I have not one, but three empty racks to start with I decided to fill all three.  For this 1st setting of the year I usually collect eggs for two weeks, but collected for three weeks this time to make sure I had enough eggs to fill the incubator.  This past Monday I sat 288 eggs.  Next Monday when I'm ready to put in my 2nd setting I'll candle the eggs that have been incubating and toss those that haven't started developing.  If that doesn't free up the room I need for my 2nd & 3rd settings to go in I'll toss out started eggs with the poorest color, shape, size, etc.

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Re: The first setting of the hatching season
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2020, 08:50:38 PM »
Lucky you.  I use a Brinsea 21 egg incubator :-)

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Re: The first setting of the hatching season
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2020, 08:57:38 AM »
That is a lot of eggs to set at one time unless you plan to sell chicks again.     Which varieties would you say are your best layers this time of year in both LF and bantams?
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Re: The first setting of the hatching season
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2020, 11:19:33 AM »
With the birds on 16 hours of light/day most are popping out an egg most on days.  The bantam silver hen just laid her 1st egg of the season on Tuesday.  She is about 3 years old now and one of the few hens I have.  The best layers are the pullets from my LF buff outcross and crossbreed coops.  They're putting out 6 to 7 eggs a week per pullet.  Even most of the bantam pullets in individual coops are laying 5 to 6 eggs per week.  In two or three months, when the artificial lighting is stopped they can take a break.
It was a lot to set, but only 98 of them will make it to the hatcher.  That should give me good hatch rate of the best of the best eggs.  I figured it doesn't cost any more to operate the setter whether I only fill one rack or all 3 and so I'm taking advantage of it.