Hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by deserthotwings, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Songster

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    I am putting my newly layed eggs stright out of the pens into the incubator and not turning for the first 24 hours. Is this a good procedure or should I let them set awhile before the bator. Thanks for any help.

  2. wpalmisano

    wpalmisano Songster

    Aug 11, 2010
    Depends on the outside temperature. If its cool, condensation can form on the egg, and be absorbed into the shell, along with any contaminants. As for the eggs, don't know how many you are getting but having the eggs hatch one or two or three each day is a nightmare. The older chicks will happily kill the younger ones. I hold the eggs in a cool place and incubate them in batches. much easier to brood, and less cannibalism.
  3. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Songster

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Thanks for the info. I get about 15 to 18 eggs a day and sinse this is southern Arizona there is no cool place I know of to store them outside of the frig and I'm sure that's too cool.
  4. pheasantfrenzie

    pheasantfrenzie Songster

    Jun 17, 2011
    If you an afford it you can get a cheap little fridge and set the temp for your stores eggs. Alot of times Home Depot, Lowes will have some that have sents in them for pretty cheap. Good luck it is so much fun hatching the little guys you will be glad you started.
  5. Habibs Hens

    Habibs Hens Cream Legbar Keeper

    Mar 31, 2012
    London, UK
    My Coop
    the best bet might be a beer fridge they are small and usually regulatable if not put in a regulator

    my main home fridge has a temp regulator and i can set it as high as 18 degs

    thats holiday mode for the fridge

  6. drowe005

    drowe005 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    Corapeake NC
    I know my mini fridge that I tried storing eggs in could only get to 43 degrees at warmest, which is a bit too cold in my opinion (the extremely dry air inside the mini fridges can be an issue as well). I just store my eggs on the kitchen table, away from sunlight ( usually stays around 72-74 deg F and about 60% relative humidity), and have great hatching rate. I've stored eggs up to 21 days before hatching, but it is Chukars that I do have and they are able to wait that long.
  7. Tony K T

    Tony K T Crowing

    Jul 28, 2008
    New Hampshire
    43 degrees is perfect.Before you put them in your bator,let them get to room temp for 24 hours and then put them in the bator.
    In N.H.,Tony.

  8. drowe005

    drowe005 Songster

    Mar 20, 2012
    Corapeake NC
    But in the fridge, the humidity would be nearly non existent, so wouldn't that dry out the eggs? This is my first year at hatching eggs and have had a really good success rate, but I am still learning. From what I've been told and read, anything under 40% humidity is an issue for storing eggs "long term".
  9. Franzen Farms

    Franzen Farms Songster

    Apr 25, 2010
    Wilmington, IL
    Not sure about all this fridge stuff. We collect eggs all week and store them in the basement where it is a constant 65 degrees and have very good hatch rates.

  10. Hens and Roos

    Hens and Roos Songster

    Dec 6, 2009
    Cottage Grove, WI
    where can I find a picture of what a pheasant egg looks like, we have a young female Red Golden pheasant and I just found an egg this morning in the pen- it was smashed but the shell is a light tan. What type of nest box should we provide her? She is in our aviary with our peafowl. The male Red Golden escaped on us about 1 month ago and the replacement male is in quarantine yet. Thanks

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