How do I choose which eggs to set????

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I have made an incubator using several different ideas from BYC incubator pages. I am getting ready to choose eggs, is there anything I should be looking for when choosing eggs to incubate?
I have searched and have not found any information on this topic.

Thanks for any help. These are just going to be mutts but I want to see how it goes.
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Well first off, choose the kinds of chickens you want to have. What do you like? (examples....blue chickens, colored eggs, etc)
2nd.....Don't go too expensive for your first run of your bator.
3rd..... take into consideration your climate. Breeds with large combs can be sensitive to frostbite in winter.

ETA: There's a hatching eggs section here too if you haven't seen it.
 
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Okay then. Pick clean ones, no cracks. Don't wash them. Store them in an egg carton and tip the edge of the carton once a day until you have everything you want to hatch collected. Put them all in at the same time.
 

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Small eggs are relative to the breed. If you hatch a silkie out of a small egg is different than a large breed out of a small egg. Some people hatch pullet eggs though, so it can be done.

If you see a hairline crack, don't use it. It can let bacteria in the egg.
 

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