I've been thinking about hatching & have done a lot more research.
I think about the people who hatch my eggs, the money they invest & the time and hope they put into hatching them.
Maybe most of all, I think of the potential beautiful birds that may never hatch because I could have done my part better.
I am now using these guidelines from someone called Kekko.
Would you modify any of these?
When my hens hatched eggs, I left them in the nest as they layed them.
They lay every other day so 10 eggs might take 3 weeks to lay.
The eggs are subjected to temperature swings & high temps.
Despite that they sometimes hatch 7 out of 10.
I'm now collecting the eggs a few times a day.
I put a thermometer with an alarm in a cooler & am keeping them between 55 & 65 degrees.
I put a can under the cooler so I can rock it back and forth throughout the day.
I'll combine the eggs from my trios so they're only stored 1/2 as long.
I'm hoping to get a 100% hatch rate on occasion with this method
and also hoping others can get much better hatch rates when I decide to sell eggs again.
The only modification you might want to consider is replacing collected egg as they are laid with dummy eggs. Hens will go broody just as fast as leaving their eggs in the nest.
I typed this when my first attempt didn't take. Now I see my original post went through.
Edited by nchls school - 3/31/16 at 5:27am