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Hens are laying... thinking of incubating some of them... now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by creativeann, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. creativeann

    creativeann Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been thinking about incubating eggs. I have hens that are laying fertilized eggs and I was thinking I would just try to hatch some of those... but I have so many questions!!!

    Is there a certain amount of time that I need to get the eggs in the bator by, can I take them from the nesting box straight to the incubator? What should I look for when I am picking eggs to incubate? Do eggs need to stay a certain temp until incubation? (I do collect every day and the eggs don't sit in the box for more than a couple hrs tops but are some times not very warm when collected). Also since I am just trying this for the first time I don't wanna go "all out" with an expensive incubator.... what are the MUST HAVES when it comes to an incubator? Any starter incubators that you all would recommend?

    I have been able to find so many things on what to do when the eggs are in the incubator but I never really can find out what comes before that. :)
     
  2. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    The viability of eggs declines with time. Usually, eggs under 10 days are considered the best for incubation. Storing them in a cool place in your house is fine. Eggs should be stored in an egg box / carton pointed end down and ideally, the carton / box should be elevated at one end (so the box is tilted at an angle). Alternate which end of the box is elevated a couple of times day.

    This link should give you some ideas re: which incubator to consider buying - https://www.backyardchickens.com/newsearch?search=starter+incubator+recommendations
     
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  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    My suggestion on incubator would be a Hovabator. The 1583 model I have and love it. Paid $122 without the extras. The 1588 is the same bator but all digital. You can find them for about $150. If you want an automatic turner they are about 45-50 bucks more. The 1605N is an older model, cheaper. Still air. You can get them relatively cheap by themselves or as a kit with the fan to instal and the new type turner for around $140. I would steer away from the TSC incubators. If you decide hatching isn't for you you can sell the incubator and you'll have better luck selling a Hovabator than a digital lg.
    As for all other opinions and incubation/ hatching you can find them here http://hatching411.weebly.com/
    Along with my humidity method here http://letsraisechickens.weebly.com...anuals-understanding-and-controlling-humidity
     
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  4. creativeann

    creativeann Out Of The Brooder

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    ty. ill check that out now!
     
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  5. creativeann

    creativeann Out Of The Brooder

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    thank you. that was exactly what I needed to know!
     
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    creativeann Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't been able to find out how to store them or how long to store them for any where. that was extremely helpful!
     
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  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    You are welcome.
     

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