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One Hen - Extending the time an egg is hatchable?

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I have a conundrum...I have one hen and one roo. I want to hatch the eggs and would like to maximize the viable # of eggs I can hatch at any one time.

 

Conventionally I'd be able to get about 7 eggs before the first ones I gathered start to loose viability.

 

I remember reading something about pre incubating eggs for 6 hours or something like that, but I don't even know how to search for that again?

 

But what can I do to get about a dozen or more viable from one hen?

post #2 of 8

There is the pre-incubation thing. Also, wrapping them in plastic will prevent moisture loss. While not normal storage, storing them long term, large end down will keep the yolk centered.

Your best bet would be to do a staggered hatch. Set 6 and a week or so later, set 6 more.

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I don't have a 2nd incubator to put them in for lockdown/hatching so I don't think I can pull off a staggered hatch.

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Got $20?  For about that much money, and by scrounging bits and pieces, you can make a very functional incubator.  Use one to incubate, and the other one to hatch.  You should be able to come up with just about every thing you need around the house.  The only thing you'll need to buy will be a thermostat.  There are lots of options available.  Check out Incubator Warehouse.  Check out STC1000 for a specific model of thermostat.  Check out Sally Sunshine and Rush Lane Poultry for some excellent "how to" tutorials.  

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Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

I built my first incubator that way, but don't have the time with building and testing at the moment. I found that article about the 6 hour incubation...I may give it a try.

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I don't have a 2nd incubator to put them in for lockdown/hatching so I don't think I can pull off a staggered hatch.

You don't need a second incubator to do a staggered hatch.

 

Just make sure there is at least 4 days between settings so you can get the chicks out without affecting the humidity during pipping of the late bloomers.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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post #7 of 8
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That's a great tip I never realized I could do that. I thought raising the humidity at the end would adversely affect the younger eggs. I'll give that go Thanks!

post #8 of 8

What is critical is average humidity during incubation. If there's a rainstorm during incubation, a hen can't keep ambient humidity from spiking into the high 90s.

NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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NPIP 43-813

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”                  Mark Twain

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