collecting eggs for a bator hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PaintedDreams, May 14, 2010.

  1. PaintedDreams

    PaintedDreams In the Brooder

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    I was just wondering if I want to put more than 1 days worth of eggs in the bator, can I save them up for a few days? If so what is the best way to store them?
     

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    First, I suggest reading this article. It goes into pretty good detail on storing eggs for incubation and is a great refresher for incubation in general. You don't have to do everything exactly as the article recommends. Many of us do things a little differently and do OK. If you follow what you reasonably can you improve your odds of a good hatch. Following these recommendations exactly does not guarantee a good hatch and violating a few of them a bit does not guarantee a bad hatch. Just do the best you reasonably can.

    Texas A&M Incubation site
    http://gallus.tamu.edu/library/extpublications/b6092.pdf

    What I do is take the turner out of the incubator and plug it in, putting it in the coolest room in my house. I then put each day's eggs that I deem good for hatching in the turner. When I have enough to hatch, I put them in the incubator and start.

    Good luck! Welcome to the adventure!
     
  3. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chirping

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    Yes you can save them for more than one day. The longer you keep them before you put them in the incubator the lower the hatch rate will be. I have kept mine for three days with no reduction in hatch rate.
    Store them in a carton on the counter pointy end down. Use clean eggs that have not been contaminated by "gunk" if you can, do not wash them, and don't handle them any more than you have to. I have heard oil from your hands can clog the pores. [​IMG]
     
  4. SAORSA

    SAORSA Chirping

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    Excellent Ridgerunner !
    Thank you so much for the article. [​IMG]
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  5. brazosbluz

    brazosbluz In the Brooder

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    how does one know if the eggs are ferletized?
     

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