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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by okie16, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a couple of ?'s.

    1) How long can the eggs sit in the nest before its to late to put them in the bator?

    2) Can we put eggs in the bator as we get them?

    3) whats the rule on how often we can open the bator?
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    For the first two questions....

    The best thing to do is to collect the eggs as they are laid, and store them in a cool (not refrigerator cold, but cool) place. You can store them a week or 10 days and still get decent hatch rates, but the rates will fall after a couple weeks.

    Set the eggs all at the same time in the bator. Don't put them in as they are laid, or you'll have a staggered hatch. By collecting them for a period of days and then setting all at once you avoid that problem. Since you stop turning and raise humidity at day 19, it is hard to do that if you have eggs all set a different times unless you have another incubator to just use as a hatcher. Even then, you wouldn't want to have eggs hitting day 19 more than maybe one group per week to allow time for hatching, removing the babies and cleaning up before the next batch needed to be moved from the incubator over to the hatcher.

    Finally, open the bator as little as absolutely possible, especially during days 19-21 when the humiidty is higher. If turning by hand days 1-19, then open the bator just long enough to turn the eggs, and then close it right back up again.

    Hope this helps
     
  3. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    another ?

    Can we incubate duck eggs, banty and standard chicken eggs at the same time?
     
  4. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Quote:yes [​IMG] but remember duck eggs take longer....so opening your bator for the chickens that hatch may affect your duck egg hatch rate.

    Good luck...
     
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  5. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thank you

    How long do duck eggs take?
     
  6. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
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  7. cheeptrick

    cheeptrick Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2007
    New Hampshire
    oopsss....sorry....ducks take 28 days.
    Chickens take 21 days...

    Check out the link above and it has a table on the incubation periods of avian species.
     
  8. okie16

    okie16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you that is very helpfull
     

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