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need help incubating eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by smokeyodie97, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. smokeyodie97

    smokeyodie97 Songster

    Jun 22, 2010
    I just my got first incubator and I am very excited how long can a egg be left alone and then in the incubator?
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    If I understand your question correctly, eggs can be kept for up to 10 days without too many problems, provided you turn the eggs daily. The easiest way to do that is keep them in egg cartons, and switch the carton from one side to the other every day. You can keep eggs longer than 10 days, but the viability drops after 10 days.
  3. Kedreeva

    Kedreeva Longfeather Lane 8 Years

    Jun 10, 2010
    Agreed, you can keep them for around 10 days after their lay date before viability begins to decline.

    As for incubation, the short answer is they should be in there about 21 days before they start hatching.

    The long answer is: Go read everything on this link https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=48726 and then if you still have questions, we'll be here for ya [​IMG]
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Quote:I didn't answer that part, because the OP didn't state what type of eggs he or she is incubating [​IMG] Different types of eggs take different lengths of incubation, following is an overview of some common species:

    Button quail: 15-16 days
    Coturnix quail: 16-18 days
    Bobwhite quail: 21-24 days
    Ringneck pheasant: 23-25 days

    Bantam chickens:19-21 days
    Large Fowl chickens: 21 days

    Call ducks: 26-28 days
    Other (mallard derived) ducks: 28 days
    Muscovy ducks: 35 days
    Geese: 28-30 days

    Turkeys: 28 days
    Guineas: 26-28 days

    I think that about covers it [​IMG]

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