Once an incubation is started, can u add more eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by danamillette, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pondering... If i set 12 eggs on say Monday, could I add 12 more eggs a few days later in the same incubator?
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    You might search for this...it comes up fairly often...

    yes you can but be aware that things will get a little confussing when you go to remove or stop turning for hatching...there may be humidity issues you have to deal with...
     
  3. willowcol

    willowcol Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2008
    Macclesfield NC
    That is a pretty hard question really. Can you yes ( I have done this plenty of times), should you, no not really unless you have a hatcher I would guess. But your eggs your bator. Its up to you.
     
  4. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

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    The problem comes on day 18 for the first set of eggs. At that point you should raise the humidity, stop turning, and if you have a small styrofoam or similar size bator that does not hold humidity well not open it until the chicks are done hatching. That means 4 or more days that the other eggs sit in high humidity without being turned. It's likely you'll lose quite a few of the later hatches.
     
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Unless you have a 2nd incubator for "hacthing" I really wouldnt !!!
    You will have a much better chance with this hatch if you just keep 1 set of eggs going.

    But by all means if you go get a 2nd incuabtor then you could keep adding !!
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    If you have a 2nd incubator that you use for hatching, then by all means go ahead. But if you only have 1 incubator then I wouldnt do it. Lots of bacteria will accumulate during the hatch, which will put the other eggs at risk.
     
  7. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok, thanks for the opinions. I wont be adding any after starting. If I feel I just HAVE to get more eggs, I'll pick up another incubator. [​IMG]
     
  8. Bettacreek

    Bettacreek Overrun With Chickens

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    Might as well get to work on making or tracking down your next incubator. I haven't even built my first one, and I'm already planning a second one for hatching so that I can have continuous hatches... Lol.
     
  9. danamillette

    danamillette Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This will be my first hatch. I can hardly contain myself!!! THe reason I asked is the eggs will be coming in on Tues-Thursday of next week. They are all fresh, so I assume if I just store the first ones to arrive at around 50 degree, they will be fine until the others get here. Then I can set them after they ALL have reached room temperature. Sound like a plan??
     

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