First timer...and I already screwed up!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MuranoFarms, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went a little ebay happy yesterday, and won several auctions. I was assuming everyone would ship the eggs the next day...because all the auctions said they would. I paid them all immediately with paypal! Well, 2 out of 4 shipped today. With Thursday as a holiday, that means there could be several days between arrival. I only have 1 incubator.

    What do I do? Can some go in 2 days later?

    oh...they are all Silkies.

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Do you have automatic turners, or will you be turning them by hand?

    Lots of people do staggered hatches. Search 'Staggered Hatches' on this thread, and you'll get lots of info to read!!
     
  3. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Turning by hand.
     
  4. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    Shouldn't be a problem...just minimize how long the bator is open for the last few days when the others are no longer being turned, or you can build a cheap hatcher out of a styrofoam cooler (search the threads for it, lots of people have made them, myself included...super easy).
     
  5. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought an incubator cause i was afraid I'd screw up trying to make one! lol

    I ordered 6+ white eggs, 7 blue, 6+ lavender, & cucko and 12+mixed colors. The blue and the whites shipped. I was afraid if I ordered only 1 set that I may only get 1 or none hatch...so I ordered from different sellers thinking that might help my odds. Not sure if it really works that way, but it made sense at the time!
     
  6. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can't you just let them sit on your counter (or wherever) for a couple days until they all arrive, or at least most of them? I know you want to set them as soon as possible, but it seems like holding onto the eggs you receive first would be a good idea. I don't have an incubator, so if I'm wrong, somebody speak up. I've only hatched eggs under my broody, and they were not all the same "age". I even took a couple out of the refridgerator and they hatched.
     
  7. chickeypeep101

    chickeypeep101 the Awesome Pullet

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    On a horse!
    if you are turning them by hand they should be fine, if not then let them set at room temp.
     
  8. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could always wait for the other 2 clutches to arrive then set them all at once
     
  9. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'll let the first sets sit on the counter a day and wait for the next 2. Hopefully they'll all be here by Friday and I can set them then.

    I really need to stay off ebay....all those cute pictures! I just kept saying "I want them...and them...and them" lol

    Thanks for all the help!
     
  10. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] That's how I wound up with three incubators.
     

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