Easy one,but I couldnt find an answer

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by redhotchick, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok,I want to start incubating chicks & have a question.Can I take the eggs daily,mark a date in pencil and put them in an incubator? Or do the all have to go in at once?I only get a couple to a few eggs a day. I dont even have an incubator yet,but want to get a nice one.Been lookin online at a guy in Oklahoma.Like his work..THANX FOR YOUR HELP!!!!!!!!!
     
  2. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's easier and you get better results if you do them all at once. That way you have consistent temps and not taking the lid off and on. Sometimes it is just too tempting to do them as you get them.

    I recommend collecting and turning them 2-4 times a day, them setting them all together.
     
  3. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Czech's_chicks :

    It's easier and you get better results if you do them all at once. That way you have consistent temps and not taking the lid off and on. Sometimes it is just too tempting to do them as you get them.

    I recommend collecting and turning them 2-4 times a day, them setting them all together.

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  4. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    At day 18 eggs go into lockdown and need high humidity than the first 18 days. So I save them for up to 10 days and keep them cool but not cold and the bring them to room temp and put them in. i do staggered hatches but usually keep them a week apart or more. I also have an incubator and a hatcher so that helps with the staggered hatches too.
     
  5. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    See,I didnt know I could keep them for up to 10 days.Where should I keep them? I also dont have a huge flock.So a smaller incubator will work?
     
  6. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    I keep them in my shop but you can keep them in a basement or a warm fridge 50-65 degrees. Make yourself an incubator! You probably have everything you need close or it is cheap.
     
  7. Czech's_chicks

    Czech's_chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep them in an egg carton...just turn it over to turn the eggs [​IMG]
     
  8. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

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    i would save for about 3-4 days (up to 10 days) turning them everyday to and put them all in at once that way they all have the same hatch date.
     
  9. redhotchick

    redhotchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So what about a few small incubators? My thinking is that I can have 3 & keep them going all the time. That works! I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!!!!! Look at my responses!! I got help form Cali, Florida & everywhere in between! I know I know,The internet is old now,but we still gotta stop & think about it sometimes.GOOD OR BAD
     
  10. h4ppy-chris

    h4ppy-chris Chillin' With My Peeps

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    on day 10 you will have about 20 to 26 eggs to incubate and if you get a good hatch of 20 then you need a brooder to hold them at a size of about 4x6 feet. they will be in the brooder for about 8 to 10 weeks.
    some thing for you to think about good luck. [​IMG]
     

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