First time hatcher - Setting April 8 or 9 - Now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PacsMan, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, hope to get some good advice. I've raised chickens for 3 years, and have always wanted to hatch some.
    I started by buying from a feed store, graduated to ordering from a hatchery, and now I'm graduating to hatching my own.

    Bought a brand new GQF 1588, with the turner and digital thermometer, and found a guy who can keep roosters, who wants to try to hatch out some of his eggs.
    He was going to bring me a couple of dozen on Friday, but when I called on Thursday, he said that they get a few every day and are "keeping them on the counter with a warm light on them. My son turns them once in awhile."

    Wasn't sure that that would work out [​IMG] So I told him to start collecting them again, and just put them in a carton on the counter. No heat. I should have some eggs this Friday.
    Hope that way will work out better. I wasn't sure to tell him to put them in the fridge or not.

    Any other advice?

    Anyone else setting this weekend?
     
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  2. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, are eggs sitting on the counter for 10 days ok, or should they be in the fridge?
     
  3. wowmanacat

    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am leaving mine in a basket in my laundry room till I can get my bator build and tested, I have read that they should be fine.
     
  4. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is 10 days too long?
     
  5. wowmanacat

    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Is 10 days too long?

    from what I have read here 7 days is about it but have read of some holding eggs longer. after 7 days that start to go down hill. but you can try and see what happens. I am very new at all this and hope that some else will peep in.
    This is going to be my first attempt at a hatch.
     
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  6. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When are you setting?
     
  7. bookerdog

    bookerdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will be setting a 40 delaware chicks on the 7th or 8th in a 1588. I will join along with you.
     
  8. Bette Bee

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    I just got my incubator yesterday. Setting the "dial" and ready to put in 2 doz eggs tonight! My first time![​IMG]
     
  9. wowmanacat

    wowmanacat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When are you setting?

    I am hoping for the 9th but I still have to get my Incubator build and that is today project, that is if I can get dh to work on he need to work on for I can cut the fencing that we have to put some metal screen over it so the babies don't fall since the wire fence holes are so big.
     
  10. PacsMan

    PacsMan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When are you setting?

    ...I still have to get my Incubator build...

    Have you hatched with a commercial incubator? I'd be afraid that I couldn't keep the temperature or humidity just right. I like the idea of set-em-and-forget-em...

    I suppose if you had auto turners, it wouldn't be that hard to make an incubator. Is this your first attempt at making one?
     

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