Pre-Incubating Tricks for best possible hatch

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Sumatraqueen, May 15, 2011.

  1. Sumatraqueen

    Sumatraqueen Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everybody, I was wondering what you do before putting your eggs in the incubator if you have a special procedure and what you find to work best.

    I have been told to put the eggs pointy end down in only a cardboard egg carton, wash the eggs in luke warm water and to flip the whole carton onto the side 2 times daily, anything else or does anybody have any other suggestions?

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  2. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you are collecting eggs for hatching it is good to keep them in a cool environment (50-60F) and turn the cartons a couple times a day.
    I would not recommend cleaning them though. The eggs have a nature coating that protects them from bacteria.
    If you wash them you wash that coating off.
    Remember, mama hen doesn't wash her eggs before she sits on them [​IMG]
    Carolyn
     
  3. Sumatraqueen

    Sumatraqueen Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome thank you!

    Does anybody know if there are different procedures for pheasant eggs?
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I use a styrofoam carton rather than cardboard - the cardboard cartons absorb too much water. Also, I wouldn't "flip the whole carton onto the side 2 times daily" but just tilt one end of the carton to about 45 degrees and then the other end. And I agree with the PP that I would not wash the eggs. The hen puts a protective "bloom" around the egg right before she lays it and washing will just wash that off, making them more susceptible to bacteria.
     
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