hatching eggs and dilemma

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicken007, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. Chicken007

    Chicken007 Out Of The Brooder

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    ok so i put 4 eggs in my incubator to see if they were fertilized.It turns out they are well two of them are i think i lost the other two somehow and anyway i gathered some more eggs from my flock and two of them had poo on so i wiped it off with water and towel is that ok? also i want more than two chicks but can i have one batch hatching in 2 weeks and the next in 3. will the older two bully the younger ones perhaps 6 or so? Thanks a bunch
     
  2. Chicken007

    Chicken007 Out Of The Brooder

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    anyone?
     
  3. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Yes. The older ones will bully the new ones, the newly hatched will still be weak from hatching.
     
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  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Integrating young birds/chicks is generally far less problematic than with older birds. Once the 'newly hatched' chicks are a week or so old you should have minimal problems putting all together. Provide adequate space!
     
  5. Chicken007

    Chicken007 Out Of The Brooder

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    if i washed the new eggs well i used a wet cloth will this effect the eggs?
     
  6. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: you can lightly wash the eggs with water that is slightly warmer than the egg itself. However due to the natural coating that is covering the egg(protective film to help prevent contamination and disease of the embryo) from the hen I will not set excessively dirty eggs and wipe lightly Dirty eggs with a piece of burlap lightly. Hope this helps..
     
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  7. Chicken007

    Chicken007 Out Of The Brooder

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    ohh unfortunately they got quite wet with cold water will this mean they definately wont hatch?
     
  8. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    not entirely you can set them you will know within a week by candling them. I just wouldn't do it with the next batch though. no harm in trying. This is why I love this site. I learn something new everyday. Will you try to set them?
     
  9. Chicken007

    Chicken007 Out Of The Brooder

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    they are in the incubator keep youre fingers crossed for me please :)
     
  10. Jessshan8

    Jessshan8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    good luck!
     

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