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should I let this batch sit 8, 12, 24 hours?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by crunchynut, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. crunchynut

    crunchynut Chirping

    Mar 23, 2011
    New England
    This will be the first of many questions I'm sure.

    The eggs were delivered to the post office yesterday afternoon, but I didn't receive word/tracking on it until the post office was closed for the day. Picked them up early this morning and gently brought them home. I had originally planned on doing a 24 hour rest after shipping, but since these sat overnight undisturbed at the post office and then have not been jostled around a lot today, is it ok to let them sit for less, like 8 hours? Is it possible to tell from candling if they have sat long enough?

    I'm going to do no-turn for the first 3 days in the incubator to give them full chance to recuperate (I've read that people have higher success with shipped eggs this way).

    So they were completely unpacked and resting by 8am this morning. What time, if this were your hatch, would you put them in the incubator?

    Thank you!

    Oh, and if this information helps at all the incubator is a Hovabator Genesis, has been running for 48 hours, temp steadily hovering between 99 and 100 degrees, humidity (not exact, not sure how accurate the hygrometer is) is betwen 34% and 37%.
    Last edited: Mar 23, 2011

  2. pete55

    pete55 Songster

    Feb 19, 2011
    Suffolk, UK
    I would rest them for 24 hours before incubation and then no turning for the next 24 hours once set. You could candle them to check if the air cell is intact. Looks fluid in it when gently moved and/or freebubbles in the egg. In that case set vertically for the rest period and during incubation.

    Hope that helps [​IMG]
  3. Mmmaddie13

    Mmmaddie13 Songster

    Mar 5, 2011
    Fort Collins, CO
    I let my eggs sit for 8 hours this time and started turning right away, so far I've got 24 out of 28 growing. [​IMG]
    It's really your call. [​IMG] Good luck!
  4. crunchynut

    crunchynut Chirping

    Mar 23, 2011
    New England
    Thank you! I think I"ll put them in at 4pm, which would be 8 hours and then no turn for the first couple days. I figure between those 8 hours, the time they spent resting at the post office, and not turning right away they should be good to go. Plus, I don't want them getting any older (they're about a week old now)!

    I'm nervous though, just because I haven't done this before and haven't had the experience to guide me.

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