let me ask this one thing

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by zara30, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. zara30

    zara30 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 11, 2012
    if my hen lay eggs this day , its ok to put in incubation ? or must wait for 10days ?
  2. stevetone

    stevetone Chicken Advocate

    You can set the eggs immediately after laying.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I don't know where you heard that 10 day thing. It just ain't so!

    You can store them a week in reasonable conditions (avoid extreme temperatures and try to avoid extremely low humidity, but humidity is harder to control) If you store them over a week you need to turn them a few times a day. With reasonable care they are good for about 2 weeks. After that the hatch rate starts to drop fairly fast though you can still get several to hatch.

    You need to collect all the eggs you want to hatch and start them at the same time so you will not have a staggered hatch, but an egg that is freshly laid is ready to incubate.
  4. tadpole98

    tadpole98 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2012
    let them settle for 12-24 hours before setting them
  5. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 1, 2011
    That rule usually only applies to shipped eggs. Eggs that have been shaken, bumped, jarred and God only knows what else USPS does to them will need to have the contents settle prior to incubation. As for an egg freshly laid and gently walked from the coop to the house need not have to settle for 12-24 hours.
  6. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    I keep mine stored and rotating for up to two weeks just because I want that many eggs to incubate at once. If I had enough hens to lay (and all the same breed I wanted) amount of eggs I want to set in one day then I'd start them incubating that same day.

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