7th Annual BYC New Year's Day 2016 Hatch-A-Long - Page 154
@Sally SunshineYou discussed heating and stuff for your eggs. Do you need to do something with room temperature eggs before putting them in the incubator? How clean do they need to be?
just room temp sweets, I dont wash mine, how dirty are they? if they arent bad dont worry about them, they have a protective covering on them and you dont want to wash that off if you can help it.
Choose eggs that are of good size, not abnormally big or small. Do NOT set dirty, cracked, or porous eggs.
Clinical studies at the University of Arkansas have shown that if your going to set a dirty egg, set the dirty egg, DO NOT SAND, WASH OR WIPE dirty eggs as hatchability decreases with these practices!
Cuticula is the thin membrane that covers the whole eggshell that is made from the sticky fluid when laid which covers it and quickly dissolves due to carbondioxyde activity.
This membrane can be penetrated by gasses but functions as a kind defensive mechanism to prevent the entry of bacteria.
The washing and rubbing action also serves to force disease organisms through the pores of the shell. Place the eggs upright in an egg carton with the FAT, air cell end of the egg UP! Allow eggs to sit in a moderately cool, somewhat humid place for storage. Basements are great. Moderately cool means 55-65 degrees. Rotate your eggs a 3 times a day to keep the embryo from sticking. An easy way to turn all of the eggs at once is to place a thick book under one end of the carton, and later remove the book and put it under the other end of the carton, 3 times a day. Before adding eggs to the incubator always WARM eggs UP slowly to room temperature. IF THE EGGS ARE COLD Condensation can cause bacterial growth on the eggs! You can collect eggs up until 10 days or so, but after the 7th day lower hatch rates may result.
Stored eggs take longer to hatch (about one hour per day of storage).
It is important to ALWAYS wash your hands before handling your hatching eggs!
Omphalitis, yolk sack infection is caused by a bacterium that enters through the porous egg shell and easily kills embryo's and newly hatched chicks. Unfortunately, incubation conditions are ideal for breeding bacteria as well as incubating eggs. For more information on storing eggs refer to Recommendations for hatching egg handling and storage
for the Backyard Flock
note Tek-Trol Disinfectant Cleaner Concentrate is a better bleach alternative!
This is such a great idea!
Wish I had some chicken eggs To put in the bator tonight so I could join you all.
Next year I will!
Edited by daxigait - 12/10/15 at 6:29am
They are not really dirty, a couple have some goo/poo spots but not much. I change the box shavings. If I use a carton in the Bator, should I cut the bottom of like the one posted last night? Are they better off just laying in it? Some people say to keep them from touching. Is that important?
if they are fresh eggs not shipped your better off layin them and turning them, or rollin gently and turn them as much as you can, the 3x a day is a minimum a hen turns from 20-50 times a day. If you keep them upright,, yes cut out the bottoms to keep the air flow around them, and dont use a paper carton, it will hold bacteria and suck up moisture as well. touching eggs aint important! in fact during lockdown I suggest it! a hen aint out there keeping her eggs apart yellin at um
Edited by Sally Sunshine - 12/10/15 at 6:51am
Howdy @TheGonzo where you been? go find some eggs quick!!!
mornin Ron I see you there, I be get to gettin now be back later! have a great day y'all