Need Advice on Incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chloe77, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my rooster and my favorite hen mate, and now I have this (I think) fertile egg. Btw, I kept them together for 2 and a half days. Now what do I do? I have it in a heating pad, but how often to I turn it, or whatever? Could you help me on this? [​IMG]

    And could someone PLEASE answer? I'm new at this.
     
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  2. Becci

    Becci Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You aren't going to be able to hatch this egg on a heating pad. You'll need an incubator or a broody hen. Humidity and stable temperatures are vital to the embryo's growth and development, and these things cannot be controlled and maintained on a heating pad.

    You'll be better off to toss the egg and learn more about incubation, then start again when you're ready. [​IMG]
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center
     
  3. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Really? That's good to know...

    What if I put water on the egg every so often, and then put it back in the heating pad?? That's a good idea, I mean for humidity.
     
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  4. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you need an enclosed environment that shield the egg from temperature swings and bacterial infection. Applying water directly to the eggs would encourage bacteria, unfortunately.
     
  5. Chloe77

    Chloe77 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That helped![​IMG]
     

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