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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ederrick, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. ederrick

    ederrick Hatching

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    Hi all,
    We purchased 23 chickens last spring, and we are now getting ready to hatch our first batch of eggs. My boyfriend has hatched chickens before, but this is my first time. I'm very excited to be doing this! We have a question...How long can we keep the eggs, to gather 40 or so, before they have to be incubated? I'm very interested in reading other's experiences in hatching chickens.
    Erica Derrick
    Danny Sauers
    Pennsdale, PA
     

  2. GoldenSparrow

    GoldenSparrow Songster

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  3. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas, Erica and Danny, and [​IMG]! Great to have you here! Interesting that you are asking about incubating - I put my first eggs ever into an incubator today - I feel completely without control now - just a babe in the woods on this. However, BYC has a great hatching forum - see below. And a GREAT thing to read about incubating is linked below that it is an article by BYC member Sally Sunshine - it is awesome. I have read it more times than I can remember. Good luck to you and happy hatching!!

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/5/incubating-hatching-eggs

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
     
  4. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Crowing

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    10 days seems to be about the longest eggs can be held without reduced hatchability. Eggs should be stored in a cool location but not refrigerated, and turned twice daily.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC [​IMG] X2 the above advice. I try not to go longer than a week with mine though. Also don't wash the eggs you want to hatch as this removes the protective "bloom" on the shell that keeps bacteria out. Good luck with your hatch!
     

  8. weimarmama

    weimarmama Crowing

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
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    Kevin565 Crowing Premium Member

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