How long do eggs need to rest before they go into the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Hens_And_Chicks, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Songster

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    I got eggs in the mail today from Buckeye Dave - wonderful packaging both inside and out.

    How long do eggs need to rest before they can go into the incubator? I unwrapped each of them and placed them large end up in a carton and have them setting on the counter. The incubator is calibrated, heated and ready to go.
     
  2. willowcol

    willowcol Songster

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    I usually wait 10-12 hours.
     
  3. naturemom

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    I was just going to ask about this. How long if they're going under a broody hen. I'll put them under her at night, so should I do it the same day as they arrive or wait until the next evening?
     
  4. iheartchkns

    iheartchkns In the Brooder

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    I let mine get to room temperature overnight (12 hours?) while my incubator also calibrated. I had read they should be at room temp (around 70 degrees) before going into incubator, especially if they were cold when I received them.
     
  5. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Crowing

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    Our mail gets here between noon and 3pm (depending on if it's the regular delivery guy or a substitute), and I always put them in by about midnight (hubby works third shift).
     
  6. pefferlawchicken

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    what if you only wait like 5 hours????
     
  7. Mrs. Turbo

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    If the eggs are pretty fresh we wait 24 hours, if not only 6-12.
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Crowing

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    5 hours would probably be fine if they weren't cold or anything, but I'm no expert.
     
  9. marymac

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    What about under a broody? She will turn them anyway, so should they just be room temp?
     

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