From the nest to the incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rholling, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. rholling

    rholling New Egg

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    I am new to incubating and if anyone with experience could answer this question,that would be helpful.
    How long can an egg be viable from the time it leaves the nest and is placed in the incubator, and how much does the temp during this time factor in? Thanks.
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Eggs can be held up to 3-4 weeks and some will still hatch, but your hatch rate decreases significantly as the egg ages. The egg should be kept at room temperature and rotated once a day until being placed in the bator. I don't set eggs older than a week old.
     
  3. rholling

    rholling New Egg

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    I have not been turning them. Should I toss those and start over?
     
  4. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    How long have you been storing them?
     
  5. rholling

    rholling New Egg

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    It's been 12 days and I'm not quite finished with the incubator. and I have not been turning them. I thought that I didn't have to turn them untill they were put in the incubator.
     
  6. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can candle them to make sure the yolk is mobile, that it moves around in the egg. If it's moving around, I'd set it. If it doesn't seem to move around but instead be stuck to the side of the shell, eat it.
     
  7. rholling

    rholling New Egg

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    Thanks for the info.
     

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