Best time of year for inubating shipped eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by poularde, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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    Hello everyone! It has been two months + since incubating eggs. This is my first year of incubating eggs and I tried four batches this year with shipped eggs. I have had mixed results. I will incubate again.[​IMG] There is so many factors that effect shipped eggs that I hope to find more local eggs. I hope to not have to ship eggs and I can hardly wait to incubate my own. What I am curious about is when most of you like to incubate and order shipped eggs. I had better results with eggs when it was cooler, (April, May.) I am also worried about acclimating the chicks outside. If anyone wants to share their knowledge or experience please share. [​IMG] I hope to improve my hatches as much as possible.[​IMG] Thanks everyone.
     
  2. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    It depends.

    Fertility tends to drop off in winter, and some eggs may not be for sale due to hens molting. I have had great hatches during late spring with shipped eggs. However, this is also peak hatching time for others, so you could end up paying a higher price from more bidding.

    If you have the place to brood the chicks in cool weather, then fall would be perfect from a price standpoint because there are less people hatching then. I have hatched chicks out as late as 10/23 and they did fine over winter. Plus come spring, they were laying!

    Of course, I love to hatch, so anytime is fine with me!
     
  3. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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    This gives me the perfect excuse to order some more eggs.[​IMG]
     
  4. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:Why of course! [​IMG] [​IMG] Add to it that you are in WA, so your winters are mild - You're in chick city baby!
     
  5. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

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  6. chickenbottom

    chickenbottom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i believe this is the best time to hatch even though i like spring chicks but getting into the fall they are laying by spring and there for i sell more eggs so its a win win situation i dont sell much during fall or winter and i sell tons during spring and into the summer. im just about to do button quail in about a week or so.
     
  7. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Spring time eggs seem to have better hatch rates, but fall can work too. I actually have some eggs in my bator on day 13 that are coming along nicely. [​IMG]
     
  8. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:I got a broody on Day 13 also. We'll be hatching together!
     
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    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:I got a broody on Day 13 also. We'll be hatching together!

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  10. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Better off, you should get some awesome colored hatching eggs right from you own state. . . [​IMG] [​IMG]
     

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