Hatching eggs from multiple days at once?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MapleLeaf86, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. MapleLeaf86

    MapleLeaf86 In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    Hi all,

    My quail just laid their first egg (sorry I know this is the chicken hatching forum!) and I have a Hovabator from Christmas. I am worried that since this is their first time laying, and they are quail, that the eggs may be spaced out a lot. I was wanting to hatch them, and was wondering if I could just write the date on each egg and put them in the incubator as they are laid every few days (space it out and put multiple eggs in at once), and then lock down on the 20th day for each egg.

    Has anyone tried this? Should I just be patient and wait until I have more eggs at once? I'm just so excited I have my first egg. Any opinions and advise would be welcome.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    You can do it that way, but it is a lot less complicated to just gather a more significant amount and set all at once.
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  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
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  4. MapleLeaf86

    MapleLeaf86 In the Brooder

    Dec 1, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    Well I only have two pairs, so I don't get that many eggs :) I guess I can do it every week or 10 days.
  5. Impress

    Impress Songster

    Jun 4, 2011
    Gray, TN
    I do it the way you are suggesting, right now my Sizzles are in REALLY high demand for some reason, so I just set what eggs I gather every few days. I just keep my humidity fairly low, then when it is lockdown time I don't raise the humidity until I see pips. I figure with keeping my humidity low then raising it for all the lockdowns, I am kind of evening it out. It has been working just fine for me, no sticky chicks, no drowned chicks, everything has worked fine.

    i have eggs locking down Sunday, then Tuesday, then Wednesday, I don't think I will be sleeping much this week waiting for those pips to raise the humidity. So glad mine is digital and I can just dial it in as needed.

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