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Hens are laying... thinking of incubating some of them... now what?

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 I have been thinking about incubating eggs. I have hens that are laying fertilized eggs and I was thinking I would just try to hatch some of those... but I have so many questions!!!

 

Is there a certain amount of time that I need to get the eggs in the bator by, can I take them from the nesting box straight to the incubator? What should I look for when I am picking eggs to incubate? Do eggs need to stay a certain temp until incubation? (I do collect every day and the eggs don't sit in the box for more than a couple hrs tops but are some times not very warm when collected). Also since I am just trying this for the first time I don't wanna go "all out" with an expensive incubator.... what are the MUST HAVES when it comes to an incubator?  Any starter incubators that you all would recommend?

 

I have been able to find so many things on what to do when the eggs are in the incubator but I never really can find out what comes before that. :)

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The viability of eggs declines with time. Usually, eggs under 10 days are considered the best for incubation. Storing them in a cool place in your house is fine. Eggs should be stored in an egg box / carton pointed end down and ideally, the carton / box should be elevated at one end (so the box is tilted at an angle). Alternate which end of the box is elevated a couple of times day. 

 

This link should give you some ideas re: which incubator to consider buying - http://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=starter+incubator+recommendations

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"The whole problem of the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts." Bertrand Russell
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 I have been thinking about incubating eggs. I have hens that are laying fertilized eggs and I was thinking I would just try to hatch some of those... but I have so many questions!!!

Is there a certain amount of time that I need to get the eggs in the bator by, can I take them from the nesting box straight to the incubator? What should I look for when I am picking eggs to incubate? Do eggs need to stay a certain temp until incubation? (I do collect every day and the eggs don't sit in the box for more than a couple hrs tops but are some times not very warm when collected). Also since I am just trying this for the first time I don't wanna go "all out" with an expensive incubator.... what are the MUST HAVES when it comes to an incubator?  Any starter incubators that you all would recommend?

I have been able to find so many things on what to do when the eggs are in the incubator but I never really can find out what comes before that. smile.png
My suggestion on incubator would be a Hovabator. The 1583 model I have and love it. Paid $122 without the extras. The 1588 is the same bator but all digital. You can find them for about $150. If you want an automatic turner they are about 45-50 bucks more. The 1605N is an older model, cheaper. Still air. You can get them relatively cheap by themselves or as a kit with the fan to instal and the new type turner for around $140. I would steer away from the TSC incubators. If you decide hatching isn't for you you can sell the incubator and you'll have better luck selling a Hovabator than a digital lg.
As for all other opinions and incubation/ hatching you can find them here http://hatching411.weebly.com/
Along with my humidity method here http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com/blog/throw-away-those-incubator-manuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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ty. ill check that out now!

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thank you. that was exactly what I needed to know!

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I haven't been able to find out how to store them or how long to store them for any where. that was extremely helpful!

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thank you. that was exactly what I needed to know!
You are welcome.

Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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Need help incubating/hatching? Are you more a hands on hatcher? Come visit us: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1081034/hands-on-hatching-and-help

A guide to hatching from the hands on perspective: http://hatching411.weebly.com/

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