Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Barnyard, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    Hey everyone. I have 6 RIR hens that are laying, but they do not lay in the same day. My question is... How much time do I have once a egg is laid to get it in the bator. I am lost, I have never done this before. I would really like to "try" and hatch more than one. Oh, and yes I have a rooster [​IMG] . I have noticed him mating with my girls. Some of the girls have just started laying. Thanks in advance!!

  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing

    Jan 11, 2007
    A hen will easily take 10-14 days to collect a clutch of eggs before sitting. You can safely store them for up to 2 weeks with minimal impact. Keep them around 50-60 degrees and in a humid location if possible for storage until you're ready to incubate. Basements and garages are good for this versus inside a warm dry house.

  3. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    Hi Tiffany,
    Most of us try to put our eggs in the bator by the 10th day or so, but they can last longer than that if you store them properly. They should be kept between about 60-65 degrees (some people store them cooler). I have heard that they can still be viable as long as 3 weeks, but I have never pushed it farther than 14 days.

    How exciting to hatch your own eggs!!!

    Best of luck!!!
  4. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    U people are wonderfull on this site!!! Thankyou so much for your advice!!
  5. skeeter9

    skeeter9 Songster

    You're welcome, Tiffany. We're glad you joined!
  6. eggzettera

    eggzettera Songster

    You said that some of the girls are just starting to lay.....I thought it was not advisable to hatch out pullet eggs?
  7. ksacres

    ksacres At Your Service

    Nov 16, 2007
    San Antonio TX
    Quote:Pullet eggs, as a general rule, are harder to hatch. You wouldn't want to sell hatching eggs from a pullet, but there's nothing wrong with trying to hatch them yourself [​IMG]
  8. tink

    tink Songster

    May 12, 2007
    upstate SC
    Mine just started sitting on 8 eggs this week.....I cant wait to see what happens. I had to close her up in her own cage because the other hens would come in and yell until she let them lay an egg in her nest. Then she would get back on them. Now she is peacefully by herself with her soon to be babies!!
    I will let you know how it goes.
  9. Barnyard

    Barnyard Addicted to Quack

    Aug 5, 2007
    Southwest Georgia
    If u all say not to hatch pullet eggs then I would have to believe you cause I have no clue!![​IMG]
    I have 3 older hens that I could use there eggs, might take me a week to get enough to put in the bator, lol!! Where would I need to store the eggs untile I get enough? I have no garage or basement.
  10. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Just a cool place somewhere in your house, just not where there is alot of heat, my kitchen and dining room I kept on the cool side so thats where I store my eggs when I want to hatch...even a spot in your laundry area, an extra bedroom, anyplace cool but not freezing or like the know to store them big end up? and an egg carton works well to store them in............

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