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How to get eggs ready from under the hen before sending to the incubator. .

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mosander, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. mosander

    mosander In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2015
    I have 4 silkiehens and a silkie roo that are laying fertiziled eggs. My neighbor wants to raise a couple of silkies to add to her flock. I am willing to give her some eggs to hatch, but not sure what temperature to hold them at for a couple of days before she adds them to her incubator. I am getting 1-3 eggs per day that are likely fertile. 3 of the hens are are about 5 months old. The other is about 3 years old and a prolific egg layer (almost one per day). Any advice on pretreating hatching eggs will be appreciated.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Eggs can be held at room temperature and moderate humidity readily for up to 10 days (I have held them far longer) with high fertility and hatchability. Turn them a couple of times daily.
  3. robdog

    robdog Chirping

    I use to collect my eggs for 7 days before sending them off to the incubator
    I'd collect them
    put them pointy end down and then put them in mini fridge til I'm ready to put them in incubator
    then I let them slowly go back to room temp then put them in the bator

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