How to count chicken incubation days????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by yeshuaisiam, Mar 13, 2016.

  1. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, I keep reading that on day 18 to lock down chicken eggs. Here's the question, do you count the lay day as day 1?

    Example 1

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    Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21


    Example 2
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    Day N/A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21



    Note the difference between example 1 and example 2 is that the day the chicken lays either IS or IS NOT counted.


    Every chicken book states to lock down on Day 18, whatever that means. LOL

    If a chicken laid an egg at 1pm in Example 1 it would be on Day 1
    If a chicken laid an egg at 1pm in Example 2, it would be Day 1 approx 24 hours from lay (let's just say)

    Help!
     
  2. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    You don't start counting till you start incubating. The day an egg is laid does not count unless you take that egg and put it straight into the incubator the day it's laid. Eggs do not spontaneously develop. They must be incubated, either in an incubator or under a broody hen.
    I set eggs in an incubator March 5. Today is 8 of incubation.
     
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    There is no definitive answer, people do it both ways... Lockdown is not a necessary part of incubation nor does it have to be timed exactly on day 18 at the stroke of midnight... Lockdown was created as a mental minder, to remove the eggs from turners or turn turners off and to possibly increase humidity levels for an easier hatch, as long as you do that before they actually hatch you are fine, be it day 17, 18, 19, 20 or even day 21 before they hatch...
     
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  4. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam Out Of The Brooder

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    Question, what if an egg is laid and that day it is 60F outside, will it still develop (assuming fertilized) once incubated?
     
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    Nothing will happen at 60°F...

    Pretty much nothing happens the for several hours after laying, even if incubated at the proper temp... If you collect the eggs within a reasonable time on the day they are laid for all intents you can consider them not started...
     
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  6. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess I should re-word my question.

    Will 60F temps "kill" the fertilized egg? For instance, if a chicken lays an egg (let's assume fertilized) at 12pm, and it is cool outside 60F and I pick it up at 7pm will it ruin it's chances of developing/hatching because it was in 60F temps for so many hours?
     
  7. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    No. My last hatch last year I stored my eggs inside and they stayed between 60-68F I had my first 100% hatch.

    You start counting 24 hours after you set your eggs. Chicken eggs need 21 days of INCUBATION. They don't have 1 day until 24 hours later. If you set eggs on monday at noon, you start counting day 1 Tuesday at noon and day 2 Wednesday at noon and so on. Lock down is generally day 18 for chicks. MeepBeep pretty much covered that.
     
  8. junebuggena

    junebuggena Chicken Obsessed

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    No. As long as it's not frozen, an egg can remain viable for up to two weeks.
     
  9. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    At 80F you will see sporadic development in eggs.
     
  10. yeshuaisiam

    yeshuaisiam Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the great information. I was collecting eggs several times a day and immediately incubating them. I'm sure it disturbed the temps some with the other eggs. So after I collect eggs, I can store them at 60F and wait 5-6 days :) Makes things much easier.
     

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