Incubating eggs

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  1. WilberClucker

    WilberClucker New Egg

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    I would like to start incubating my eggs. From the time they are laid until they reach the incubator, how long a time frame do I have? And at what temperature must they remain. My coop is not maintained with heat an the temperatures in there have reached -21 celsius (-6 F). Can I retrieve these eggs for incubation or would I have to warm the coop first? The coop is wired for heat, I just choose not to.
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Collect the eggs at multiple times during the day so that they do not become overly chilled. Store at moderate temperature and humidity turning several times daily. Most people recommend holding eggs no longer than 10 days - I have had success holding them somewhat longer prior to incubation. Good luck with your incubation.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Excellent advice from Sourland. Good luck with your hatch!! If you run into any issues, feel free to stop by our Incubation and Hatching Eggs forums for lots of help.

    Great to have you aboard and welcome to our flock!
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined us.

    Eggs can be successfully stored for up to 14 days before setting them in the incubator. Past that, and hatchability/fertility will drop. A shorter time is better, but many breeders wait for 14 days before setting eggs, because they don't have a lot of birds laying. Keep the stored eggs at 50-60 degrees before setting for best results. A cool, damp cellar or basement is ideal.

    Ideally, you want to keep the eggs from freezing. You should collect eggs several times daily to prevent that from happening (though you could also heat the coop).

    Good luck with future incubations!
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined our community!

    The other posters have already given you some great advice. Good luck with any future incubating! There is nothing better than watching chicks hatch from eggs that you've carefully collected and incubated. [​IMG]
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I don't know a thing about incubation so I'll just say good luck!
     

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