staggered hatch question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by abooth, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. abooth

    abooth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi guys, I am expecting some silkie eggs to arrive tomorrow. I only ordered 6+eggs. Now I am worrying about ending up with a single chick. This is only my second hatch and the first one was only a 30% hatch. So I am wondering how late after setting these 6 eggs could I add additional eggs. I am thinking of ordering more but they would be hatching on diffeent days. Any advice? I only have one bator.
  2. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2009
    im doing the same thing right now
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I don't think you can do that in one bator. Reason being ... the humidity change at day 18 - 21. You need 2 incubators for a staggered hatch.
  4. Camelot Farms

    Camelot Farms Chickenista

    I have staggered hatches more often than not. I have never lost a hatch.

    I am one of those rebel hatchers who doesnt use a humidity monitor, doesnt do lockdown and is opens the bator countless times on day 20 and 21 to see if I hear scratching on the inside of the egg.

    I may lose one or two eggs in every hatch of a dozen or so but thats pretty standard no matter what you do.

    Just my experience...
  5. neferset

    neferset Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 23, 2009
    Western North Carolina
    The most time I've ever had between 2 sets of eggs that I locked down at the same time was 2 days, for the reason Kathy gave. What I did with those is simply stop turning the second set a couple of days early, then I raised the humidity and watched the hatch until the second set was done. No one suffered any ill effects from that.
  6. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

    Dec 16, 2008
    can you get a used bator or make one for your last 3 days? I always do staggered hatches but before I had 2 bators it was very difficult. but when I did it I split the difference and just bumped up humidity to about 60-65 and turned the eggs with a long stick with a rubber grip on the end that I could fit through the vent holes. I had to arrange the eggs that still had to be turned where they were reachable through the vent hole thouh before lock down.

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