Incubation

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickenkenny, Dec 8, 2015.

  1. chickenkenny

    chickenkenny New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Nov 6, 2015
    Been raising chickens for about five years or so, but just started trying to hatch my own eggs. Could anybody tell me which is best, vertical or horizontal hatching of eggs?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

    21,690
    2,639
    466
    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Vertical (small end down) is nice if you have a means of turning them so the yolk can be kept centered. If not (as in a turner or tilted egg cartons) then laying on the side is better so they can better be turned by hand.
     
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2015
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    84,499
    3,794
    646
    Jun 15, 2012
    Washington
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  4. chickenkenny

    chickenkenny New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Nov 6, 2015
    Thanks for the info. Also have read not to wash eggs with water but to use fine sand paper and rub gently just enough to remove any debris. Any thoughts on this?
     
  5. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    17,890
    3,337
    471
    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join the flock! Here is an excellent article on incubating ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    Lots of great info to read in it. For me I don't wash or sand paper any eggs prior to incubation. Doing this can remove the bloom which keeps bacteria out of the egg. Removing the bloom could allow bacteria to affect the developing embryo. I only incubate clean unsoiled eggs.

    Good luck with your future incubations amd enjoy BYC :frow
     
  6. chickenkenny

    chickenkenny New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Nov 6, 2015
    Hey thanks, what you say does make sense! Have to keep it in mind next time I get ready to try another batch.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

    34,271
    10,224
    656
    Dec 12, 2013
    Wyoming
    [​IMG]

    You've received some good information so I'll just say hello, it's nice to have you here!
     
  8. chickenkenny

    chickenkenny New Egg

    4
    0
    7
    Nov 6, 2015
    Thanks Really some good advice from a lot of nice people.
     
  9. hummerhill

    hummerhill Out Of The Brooder

    33
    6
    24
    Dec 9, 2015
    I do not wash or scrub them. I have great hatch ability rate
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    82,400
    10,079
    816
    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Michael gave you good advice, so I will just say Welcome to the Backyard chickens flock, glad you joined us here. [​IMG]
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by