Pre-Incubating Tricks for best possible hatch

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

  1. Sumatraqueen

    Sumatraqueen In the Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    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?


  2. BawGock

    BawGock Songster

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    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]
  3. Sumatraqueen

    Sumatraqueen In the Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    Awesome thank you!

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

    HEChicken Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    BuCo, KS
    My Coop
    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.
    Last edited: May 15, 2011

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