Incubating My Chicken Eggs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by B-Step2018, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. B-Step2018

    B-Step2018 New Egg

    Jan 19, 2015
    If anyone knows, if I already have a batch of eggs in my incubator and I am 7 days into the incubation process, could I put my eggs I got for this week into the incubator with them or would I just have to wait? I only have one incubator as of right now. So what I mean is, if I date this second batch of eggs, could I put them in with the batch I already have incubating or not?
  2. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us!
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I am not one for staggard hatches but it can be done. However it is best to have a separate hatcher for the eggs ready for lock down so you are not disturbing the eggs incubating. So I would say wait. :)

    Good luck with your hatch!
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Adding eggs to already set eggs is not advisable but some do it as a staggered hatch. There is always a risk doing this as eggs at different stages of incubation require different levels of humidity. At lockdown day18 you need to put the humidity up to at least 65% which is not good for eggs set at a later date as they require lower humidity in order for them to lose enough moisture. Also with the turning of the eggs you need to stop at day 18 but later set ones still need to be turned and it's not advisable to hatch with the turner in the incubator. Which would mean you would have to open the incubator to hand turn them but doing this would risk lockdown eggs due to the humidity being lost opening the incubator. It's a catch 22 situation with risks. Hope this helps you a little.

    Enjoy BYC :frow
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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.

    I do not recommend putting more eggs in at this point. When the chicks hatch, they will disrupt the other eggs that aren't as far along. Also, you will likely have to hand turn the eggs, as the older batch won't need turning after 18 days, but the younger batch, being only 11 days along, will still need turning. Having multiple hatches in the same incubator spreads disease more easily, as well.
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] We're glad you joined us!

    I agree with Two Crows and Wyandottes7.

    Good luck with your hatch!
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I think it would be better to concentrate on one hatching - hopefully successful, before getting into the complexities of staggered hatches. Other responders have given good reasons staggering them.
  8. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    At our lodge
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

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  9. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

    May 24, 2014
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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011

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