incubator question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicketydooda, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. chicketydooda

    chicketydooda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long does your incubator need to be on before adding the eggs? I'm a newbie to this and I want to make sure I'm doing things right. I want to ship some eggs but my incubator comes in the mail tomorrow. I can't read the directions because I don't know what brand the feed store ordered for me. They ordered from somewhere called VSI
     
  2. dadsdeercamp

    dadsdeercamp Say goodnight gracie

    Sep 24, 2010
    Mora MN.
    24 hours but I run mine for 4 or 5 days
     
  3. chicketydooda

    chicketydooda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay so I'll run it for a full 24 hours...how long can fertilized eggs stay good. Does the 21 days mean days since being layed or days in the incubator? I know I'm showing my newness here.
     
  4. Chase Family

    Chase Family Out Of The Brooder

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    21 days is how long they take to hatch in the incubator. I was told you could keep the eggs for about 2 weeks prior as long as they were kept out of the fridge.
     
  5. wewcz5

    wewcz5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am learning too. My first batch is due to hatch tomorrow. Fertilized eggs stay good up to 2 wks in temps between 65-70 degrees and then will hatch after 21 days in the incubator at 99.5 degrees.
     
  6. chicketydooda

    chicketydooda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you guys so much. That really helps. This is foreign to me.
     

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