Adding eggs to incubator after 4 days?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SIMZ, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I set some eggs in my Little Giant incubator Saturday night. Today is Wednesday and I was finally able to purchase some Black Copper Marans hatching eggs (WOOHOO!!).

    What do you think? Can I go ahead and add them now and just put the whole thing into lock down at the same time?

    OR should I get another incubator to use for hatching the earlier eggs when it's time for lock down?

    Thanks!
     
  2. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    It's probably fine.

    Most eggs won't hatch on the hatch date anyways, usually earlier or later. I would put them in right away though.
    You can probably get away with putting them in this one, and then moving them to a new one once lock-down starts for the other eggs. That way you don't need to worry about keeping two working for now.

    I am actually just building my own incubator and having some problems, so I will need to work out the kinks... But all in all, from what I have incubated during school, vet classes, and other friends houses. Staggered hatches are okay if they eggs aren't put in too much later than the first. Though I do recommend getting another incubator to put them in when hatch day comes for the others, as they might still need turning during those last few days.

    I really hope your hatches work. Good Luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply! I was thinking that I could work out a solution while they're incubating together the next few weeks as well. :)
     
  4. SamJacobbe

    SamJacobbe Out Of The Brooder

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    It seems to me like that is most logical. I mean, why waste time and the chance of the eggs going bad, when you have weeks to worry about it. [​IMG]
     
  5. SIMZ

    SIMZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    EXACTLY! I've always used the same approach to hatching and buying more chicks. "Where will we put them? Who knows, but I'm sure we can come up with something in the 3 weeks before they're too big for the brooder!" [​IMG]
     

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