Originally Posted by S5apiotrowski
I just realized I will be out of town days 12-17. As long as we don't lose power (typically don't), our incubator holds temps well - but maintaining humidity is a bit more challenging. I would still like to do the hatch-a-long, but I've decided against swedish flower or frizzle/americauna eggs and think we'll try a grocery store hatch
I was thinking Trader Joes, but could also stop at Fresh Market or Publix. I am assuming I just get "organic free range eggs" - is that correct? I have not bought grocery store eggs in a couple years - but the last time I was at TJ the manager insisted to me that TJ STOPPED carrying fertile eggs - I was thinking the just stopped carrying BRANDED fertile eggs -
anyway - advice/recommendations are appreciated. Thanks
I, too, will be out of town for part of the incubation time and that is why I will be trying to get a pullet or hen or two or four to sit at the right time. I don't have a "self operating incubator" or anyone that would incubate for me so broodies are my only hope.
As long as the relative humidity in the room where the incubator is located is not too dry, it shouldn't be too much of a problem. Since you will be back in time to raise the humidity for hatching, they should hatch okay.
Do you normally have trouble keeping your humidity level steady?
The Trader Joe's stores in Illinois don't sell labeled fertile eggs and the free range ones I got and set did not develop. You would be better looking at your local Craig's List or check localharvest.org and put your zip in to see if there is anyone around you that sells eggs. Call and see if they have a rooster in their flock of layers.