Mixing different aged eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by earthnut, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    I will be getting eggs on Nov 20, and was hoping to get some Oct 20 so I'd have plenty of fine to hatch them before Nov 20. But my incubator hasn't come yet. I'm wondering whether it would be OK to mix different aged eggs or if I should just forget about getting eggs before Nov 20?
  2. jkcove08

    jkcove08 Songster

    Apr 12, 2007
    If you do not have a second bator to put the first set into for the final 3 day to hatch I would only go with 1 set. I have put eggs that are a couple days apart in the hatcher at the same time but it is to hard to regulate for 2 very different hatch times. 1, you need to keep the humidity up for the hatch but that will be to high for the other growing eggs. 2, if you have to open the bator to turn the second set then you are letting valuable heat and humidity out for the hatching eggs. I hear you when you want to hatch a bunch but it is no good to rush them. I have 2 bators that for a while I used the one for many stages of eggs and then when one set would be ready to set for hatching I moved them to the second bator and was able to continue turning the others. With 2 you can always buy extra eggs and set them not worring about hatch dates. Just face it you need 2. Jenn
  3. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    As jkcove said 2 bators is the way to go.

    Use one for incubating and one for hatching.

    The one you use for hatching just needs to be a basic model like the
    Little Giant 9200($40). The last three days need higher humidity
    and no big temp changes from opening the bator.

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