Going Away for 2 1/2 days... Set or wait?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jettgirl24, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. jettgirl24

    jettgirl24 Songster

    Feb 21, 2010
    Duvall, WA
    Hi All,

    I borrowed an incubator this week for my first ever hatch. I was planning to get some hatching eggs at the end this week and set them this coming weekend but then we were invited to a family member's cabin for the weekend of July 16th. We'd be gone for 2 1/2 days and the bator doesn't have an automatic turner, plus there would be no one home to monitor temp and humidity. Is it a horrible idea to leave the eggs unattended/unturned for that long?

    I'm so excited to get going but I don't want to do anything to screw up my hatch or endanger the babies!
  2. ADozenGirlz

    ADozenGirlz The Chicken Chick[IMG]emojione/assets/png/00ae.png

    Oct 18, 2009
    Quote:I'd wait to get some hatching eggs until you're there to turn them the first 18 days OR unless you have someone who can "egg sit" for you and turn them at least twice per day and check on temps and humidity. Personally, I'd worry too much and would rather wait then entrust my embryos to someone else! But that's just me. [​IMG]

    Have a great weekend at the cabin!!
  3. pkw

    pkw Songster

    May 14, 2010
    North Edwards, CA
    I agree with ADozenGirlz. I would just wait until you got back from your trip.
  4. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane 8 Years

    Jun 10, 2010
    You really can do either depending on where you are getting your eggs and how fresh they are. If you're picking them up from someplace that's picked them from under the hens that morning, go ahead and let them sit someplace cool while you're gone, it won't hurt them. If you're planning on buying them from someplace where you don't know how fresh they are, I'd wait. If they're being shipped to you even a short distance it's actually better to let them sit for a bit before incubating.

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