Colored Eggs Incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Minnowey, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I am going to set some of my Barnyard Mix eggs. I read in "Educational Incubation and Hatching" that colored eggs neeed less humidy to hatch. My incubator is circular, should I put the more colored eggs in the middleOn the outside? Should I rotate all the eggs, because my first hatch with this incubator noticed that the ones in the middle are a lot hotter. Should I not put an egg in the middle?
    Also, is it OK to incubate an over-calcified egg?
     
  2. Junglefowlboss

    Junglefowlboss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where did you hear that. Thats nonsense. An egg is a egg and the humidity level for colored eggs isnt any different.
     
  3. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Junglefowlboss

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    Im pretty sure the ones in the middle should be fine as long as it doesnt overheat. Place a thermometer on the eggs in the middle just to be safe. And by overcalcified you mean that the egg shell is thicker? If it is dont incubate it because the chick might not be able to break theough the egg. Ive learned from experience.
     
  5. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, the egg shell is thicker, as well as having a small bump at one end.i had thought that that might be a problem, but wasn't sure.
     
  6. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Sorry to disagree with you, but you are incorrect...

    The darker the egg, the more color it had laid on the tighter the pores for evaporation and you end up with drowned chicks!

    And I ALWAYS move my eggs to a different location in the incubator each day during one of my turns...

    I would hesitate to do the over calcified egg... but for educational purposes, maybe that's a benefit. [​IMG]

    ETA- was your experience in hatching Marans eggs?
     
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  7. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Overrun With Chickens

    Also, seeing you are in NW Oregon... your humidity is likely very high?

    I too am in PNW. I incubate at 40- 45% humidity and raise to 65% for hatch. 1 person I know in the area goes at 35%.

    DO you know how to candle and check you evaporation at certain days and adjust? Have you checked out this thread...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    Or any of the pages under here...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-and-raising-chicks

    Lots of very useful info!!!

    Best wishes for an awesome hatch. [​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. Minnowey

    Minnowey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @EggSighted4Life : Does that mean that when hatching coclored eggs, the humidity should be at a lower level?
     
  9. Junglefowlboss

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    No it was with blue, green amd some sort of dark brown eggs.
     
  10. Junglefowlboss

    Junglefowlboss Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it does have to be lower. Not much experience with incubators I stick with the hens going broody. Thank eggsforlife for the info[​IMG] goodluck. Pls send pics when the eggs hatch.
     

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