Incubator full and ready for lock down but...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by anthonyjames, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I have an incubator that is full. And my issue is the following. When I was getting eggs I originally only had 21 eggs. And 3 days later I was given another 12 to keep from some friends. So I have 21 that are ready for lock down tomorrow and the other 12 read for lock down on Friday. Do I lock them all down tomorrow or do I remove the first 21 from turner and let the others go in the turner until Friday?

    Suggestions anyone?
     
  2. geosheets

    geosheets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would go ahead and lock them all down... the ones that have an extra 3 days to go, I would put them in a styrofoam egg carton in the bator to keep the earlier hatchlings from knocking them around too much. Poke decent sized holes in the bottom of each campartment of the carton so the eggs get some air flow across them. Don't use a paper carton as it will absorb moisture.
     
  3. dsowens15

    dsowens15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great advise. The reason to go ahead and lock them all down at one time is so that you don't have to open the icubator to move the first chikcs to the brooder during the other egg's lock down.
     
  4. anthonyjames

    anthonyjames Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds good.

    Thanks
     
  5. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a staggered hatch like that in May. An extra few days isn't going to hurt anything.
     

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