First time incubator

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  1. PETERKAY012

    PETERKAY012 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I am getting this incubator and it will be coming in the mail soon. I have never incubated eggs and I didn't want to deal with having to turns eggs so I got one that turns automatically. What is the process of incubating these? Do I just go in the morning and grab and egg and put it in? I have raised chicks many time I just have never started them from an egg. Also, how many days does the incubation take and what is the deal with the rooster? Does the rooster fertilize the eggs all year or is there a breeding season or what?
     
  2. ArcticMermaid

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    Set up your incubator and let it run for a couple days to get it calibrated so you know it is holding temperature and humidity. Then put how many eggs you want in it or as many as it holds. Do not wash them before incubating. Chickens breed all year, incubation takes 21 days. When the counter reaches 18 days you turn off or unplug the auto turner. If you don't it cant cause the chicks to drown. check out the following link for more info on incubation

    http://modernfarmer.com/2015/04/how-to-incubate-chicken-eggs/
     
  3. Hermit House

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    Welcome to the grand experiment! You are in for a treat.

    Ok, a few things

    Fertilized eggs can be kept for up to 3 weeks for hatching. They should be kept warm (15°c) and should large end up. Turn them once a day, along the equator - mark one side with an X and another with an O so you can tell. Once you have your 10, it's time for the incubator.

    They take 3 weeks to incubate and the requirements change later in the process, so you can not just add one every day. Do em in batches. Besides, they are flock critters, they want a clutch of nest mates. The incubator will take care of turning, but you will need to keep an eye on humidity and temperature throughout.

    Each mating between rooster and hen provides enough sperm to fertilise eggs for up to 3 weeks.

    Most of these questions are answered in deep detail here in the forums and in the Learning Center, but I thought I'd get you going :D
    Feel free to ask, if I don't know I can help you find it.

    Ted
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

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    My top tip would be to double check your temps and humidity with a seperate, known to be correct thermometer and hygrometer. Often incubators are said to be calibrated but they can be wrong. I find it best to double check just to be on the safe side.

    This article is a bible on incubating ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    Lots of fabulous information on all aspects of incubating and hatching.

    Wishing you the very best of luck with your incubation, I hope you have great results :D
     
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    oh and its nice to meet you! you need anything just hollar at the link to the incubating w/ friends thread as we are always on it! INCUBATING w/FRIENDS! come hatch, learn, Chat, Meet new Friends!
     
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  6. PETERKAY012

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    Thank you so much guys!!
     
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  8. PETERKAY012

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    So are you saying if I kept the eggs at 51 degrees Celsius, I can keep them for three weeks and I can still incubate them after like a week of just sitting? Also, can I eat the fertilized eggs if I just put them in the fridge, like will I be killing a chick?
     
  9. Yorkshire Coop

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    I would not store eggs for more than a week before setting them in the incubator. You should get better results with eggs that are a week or less in age. Anything older and the quality of the egg can diminish.

    As for eating fertilised eggs go ahead and get them down your neck!! They are fine to eat, you are not killing a chick. Cell/embryo development only begins if they are incubated at the optimum temperature. ie by a hen or in an incubator.
     
  10. Hermit House

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    We had really good results from eggs up to 3 weeks old with the regimen I mentioned. 70+% hatch rate. Of course, that 30% could have been the oldest - I'm just going on the info I've found.
    A fertilized egg will only develop if it has the right conditions - temperature mostly, so collect them daily and chow down.
     

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