got a incubation question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by tinamommy727, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    I have only four hens, two buff orpingtons and two leghorns, I have a 20 egg incubator, over a period of five days can I add to the incubator, or do I have to have 20 eggs to start with on one day. Please let me know, thank you!
  2. matlock585

    matlock585 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    White Bluff, TN
    You can collect the eggs and store them until you are ready to incubate. Most say you can safely keep them for ten days. I stored mine up in the pantry in an ice tray. I turned them a few times a day. They hatched great. You can add some after you have started incubating, but probably wouldn't want to get more than a day or two later. When hatch time comes it's easier if they all hatch together so you can get them out sooner.
  3. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2007
    SW Washington
    You are best off to save up a batch of eggs and start them all at once. No problem holding eggs 7 days or even a little more if necessary. A staggered hatch is a major pain to deal with.
  4. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2012
    I think you could probably put them in over a period of 2 days. Otherwise, it may be hard to keep track. The first time I started incubating eggs, I put them in at different days. None of them hatched, so I think it's best to put them in on the same day. Although, I think it would be okay to put them in within two days of putting the others in.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2012
  5. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    i had no idea that you can keep them up to seven to ten days! That's awesome! I am going to try that.
  6. tinamommy727

    tinamommy727 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 30, 2011
    also what if the eggs are cold when I collect them,does it make any difference?
  7. builderone

    builderone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2011
    They should be fine. I live in northern ny and mine have been cold but are still all developing. I have saved them as long as 2 weeks and still had luck. anything over a week though starts to decrease there chance some.

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