a little advice please..

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AGuyWithSomeHen, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. AGuyWithSomeHen

    AGuyWithSomeHen Out Of The Brooder

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    It kind of looks like I've got 7 hens and a roo. I think one is a roo anyway. So here's my question. I'm wondering if I should buy an incubator, and if so how big. If I want to use him to hatch new chicks, how long can the fertilized eggs sit before going into the incubator?
    7 eggs a day. do they have to go in the day they're laid, or maybe wait a day or two to get more? If they're laid on different days, then all put in together, I assume they don't all hatch the same day...or do they?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    You can save eggs up to two weeks before incubating and still have high % hatch rates. Store at moderate temperatures and humidity, turn daily and I have held eggs far longer than that. Needless to say, they do not have to be incubated the day they are laid. A hen builds a clutch one egg at a time prior to setting. You can do the same thing. All eggs will hatch 21 days after they are placed in the incubator - that is all viable eggs will hatch.
     
  3. AGuyWithSomeHen

    AGuyWithSomeHen Out Of The Brooder

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    so at least in theory up to 98 at a time? Wow... that's a lot. I won't be buying an incubator THAT big :)
     
  4. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    [​IMG] I'm just saying hi, cause I replied to your question on Face Book, but I forgot to mention.....HATCHING IS ADDICTING!!!! lol
     
  5. AGuyWithSomeHen

    AGuyWithSomeHen Out Of The Brooder

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    yeah I get the feeling it would be.... :)
     
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  6. Fancychooklady

    Fancychooklady Overrun With Chickens

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    Depends on how good your incubator is , best success rate I've had in mine is 60% hatch. I prefer to hatch under a broody , then the success rate is much higher. Incubating can be very time consuming and you will also need to set up a brooder with heat. The chicks are generally much friendlier than those reared by momma. :)
     

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