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Incubating Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ascott1978, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long can I keep eggs (at room temperature) prior to incubating them.

    I would like to hatch about 30 but I only getting about 8 eggs a day.
     
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    Up to 10 days and then the hatch rate starts to decline...I keep them in a cool spot on the kitchen counter, tilt them acouple times a day to keep the yolk from settling to one side and you will be good to go....
     
  3. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Not a problem. They will easily keep long enough for you to assemble a group of 30.
    If you have a cool [55 degrees] place to keep them like a basement they will keep 7 days w/o losing any viability. There's a small reduction in viability from 7 to 10 days and after 10 days viability begins to drop off mor sharpely.
    Sounds like you can put a cllutch together in 4 days which isn't a problem at all. Think of a hen laying a clutch of eggs prior to going broody-takkes several days.
     
  4. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the advise.

    If the eggs have mud or "stuff" on them, should I wipe them off? And if so, with what?
     
  5. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

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    I was always taught never to wash hatching eggs, just to wipe them off with a dry cloth...very dirty eggs I would never set......
     
  6. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

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    Don't wash the eggs. Wait until they are dry and wipe them off. If they are real dirty they could explode in the bator and ruion (sp?) your whole hatch. A little dirt is okay.

    Good luck! I'm setting my first set this weekend maybe we will be hatching together.
     
  7. ascott1978

    ascott1978 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the replies. I've started collecting the eggs yesterday and will be incubating them soon. Can't wait... [​IMG]
     

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