Adding eggs to a running incubator, is it okay?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cupman, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I have 39 eggs in my incubator. However, 11 of the eggs I found in a secret nest in my yard. I am not sure whether it was one hen laying one egg for 11 days or if it was multiple hens contributing to the secret stash. I put my eggs in the incubator yesterday. I will gather between 5 and 8 more eggs today and was considering filling up the empty slots(and replacing a few questionable eggs).

    Would this work and be alright since it's only one day difference or is it too risky at this point to take the lid off and try to add more eggs?
  2. bobbieschicks

    bobbieschicks Chicken Tender

    Jun 24, 2011
    King George, VA
    My Coop
    Yes - a day or two apart won't be a big deal - if it were longer then I wouldn't do it because you'll mess up the hatching/lockdown time - unless you use a separate incubator for hatching. That is always an option. Find a cheap one or make a cheap hatching only incubator - then you just need to carefully mark which eggs went in on which days somehow - either on the egg or on a chart if you use an autoturner.

    [email protected] Chirping

    Jan 4, 2012
    Washougal, WA
    I added one a day later and it hatched with one of the others that was in the incubator.
  4. i think it should be fine.

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