I now feel bad for laughing from another section of this board about someone who was concerned that their hens right breast seemed larger after they ate, we are all new at something right? So tuesday I am buying an incubator and wish to hatch from my own flock. (I read a lot about hatching your own eggs but the information lacks as to how to get your eggs) I picture this scenerio. I put my RIR roo and 5 RIR hens in a seperate breeding coop/run, and they do their thing and lay 5 eggs in their nest box a day, I do this for a week and get 35 "fertile" eggs. I set them in the bator and follow the instructions and hope for the best? or do the collected eggs need special handling besides keeping them above 50 degrees until the time to set? I know they will not lay 7 a week I am speaking hypothetically. I read they could be viable up to ten weeks after lay. So yeah if ya could let me know about the initial collecting care and age of viability in your best expierience it would be much apreciated. Thank you in advance.