Originally Posted by Pipe Dreaming
Hi guys, I'm going to jump in here, hope you don't mind! I'd categorize myself somewhere between the 2 thread starters. I love to candle, and I'm pretty good at leaving things be once lockdown has come. I will assist a stuck chick if I need to though.
Along with some EE's and OE'S, I have 1 marans hen laying a nice dark egg for me about every other day. I really want to hatch some of her eggs, so the eggs I'm going to set next week are going to be older than your normal "7 days or newer" eggs. I'm keeping a damp towel over them in a Styrofoam egg container, tipping opposite ends twice a day. The air cells appear to be maintaining, eventhough the air in our house is so dry. (Cold here in Michigan, furnace running).
I've heard of people hatching old eggs or even refrigerated eggs. I'd love to hear some tips from those that have some experience with this.
Thanks ~ Megan
I was in the same predicament in November. I only had 1-2 hens laying and I really wanted to do the NYD Hal. So I started collecting eggs on November 9th. Set day was December 8th. That means my oldest egg was 31 days old when I set it. Can you believe that, that egg was the first to hatch!! I had a great hatch. I had set a dozen and 9 made it to lockdown and all 9 hatched. I stored the eggs in a egg carton on my counter and turned them once in the morning and once at night and maybe once during the day if I remembered. BUT my humidity in the house at that time was still good. So the air cells were not overly big when I set them. I think keeping your humidity up is a good idea.
Originally Posted by Pipe Dreaming
I have shipped eggs coming next week.. my first time trying shipped eggs. So I'll probably be a little cautious with those. Heck, I even ordered another incubator so I could hatch them separately from mine..
Oh one thing about the damp towel, it's keeping the eggs cooler than without it. I think cooler is better than warmer, right?
I've done my fair share of shipped eggs and done lots of research on the best methods for shipped. If you need any advice for them, please don't hesitate to ask. What's your plan so far for them?
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I have a couple of silkie eggs in my bator now that I also marked cold, collected after work on cold days. They are on day 11 and growing fine so far
I was wondering how to mark the eggs that I've collected that were cold. Duh, seems obvious now.
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
So tomorrow is my son's 8th birthday. Even though we are having his actual party Saturday, I'm putting the cake together tomorrow. I still have half the upstairs to get in order and I want to steam clean the downstairs. I have a feeling I'll be wanting to toss this cake half way through it....lol We'll see. Anyhow busy day tomorrow and the rest of the week.
I was going to ask about the cake but I saw your next post. Going with the theme from the movie! I can't wait to see it!! I really, really wish you lived closer because my kids would LOVE that cake!!
Originally Posted by gachooks
Hello, beautiful peeps.
I was wondering if the ship-a-thon is still on.
I'm getting a few dozen B/B/S Australorp eggs from RattlesnakeRidge tomorrow(squeeeeeeeee!!!)
, and talking to him about shipping methods jogged my memory.
How is everyone? Miss you guys. Been so busy lately I don't even have time to gaze lovingly at myself in the mirror; forsaking household duties right now. . .
good luck on the set!!!