Letting eggs "rest"

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by racuda, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this bit of folk wisdom really true? Has anyone ever done an experiment incubating half straight from shipping and the other half "rested"? What is the difference letting them rest on the counter and letting them rest under a hen, other than about 25 degrees? [​IMG]
     
  2. ihvpower

    ihvpower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL I like the way you said that...and am curious to know myself!
     
  3. Buttercup Chillin

    Buttercup Chillin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The hen doesn't shake up the eggs like the mail service does. So we let them settle(rest) and catch their breath before putting them in the bators. So to speak.

    Yes, people have discovered that by letting them rest after being shipped, they have better hatches. So it has been tested by many many people that have been hatching shipped eggs over 50 years or more.
     
  4. CindyG

    CindyG Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's to do with the air cell getting back in the right place isn't it?
     
  5. ihvpower

    ihvpower Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes Cindy, that is what I have been told and believe to be true..
     
  6. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What I mean is, if I get a box of eggs from the post office, and immediately put them in an incubator or under a hen, aren't the eggs then "resting"? How is that different from resting on my kitchen table? If it is about orienting the eggs big end up so the air cell can reattach, well, you can do that in an incubator.
     
  7. racuda

    racuda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW, I got some Serama eggs this morning, and I AM resting them, just to be sure! [​IMG]
     
  8. Surehatch

    Surehatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's all about the air cell - hence the importance of turning eggs
     
  9. Inkheart

    Inkheart Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok newbie question - when you let the eggs "rest" where are you storing them? temperature wise and so forth ?
    Thanks!
     
  10. Tab's chicken obsession

    Tab's chicken obsession Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How long should you let them rest before incubating? First time ordering eggs (BLRW) and I'M expecting them next week.
     

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