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Storing eggs prior to incubating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Porterfive, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    I am in the process of collecting eggs to putint he incubator. It should take me about a week to get enough.
    In the past I just keep them laid out in tupperware ware and roll them a few times a day.
    I was wondering if I could just plug up the turner from the incubator and set them all in there as I get them. That way they would be stored safely and be adequately turned too.
    Does anyone know if this would be ok?
    Thanks for your help. Jenny
     
  2. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    i put mine in the fridge, set to the warmest temp, and have them leaning like this ( / ) and tilt the opposite way 5 or 6 times a day.
    they say the temp should be between 55 and 65 for "keeping" so thats the only thing i have done.
     
  3. ArabiansR2Cool

    ArabiansR2Cool Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think just putting them in the turner would be fine. Of course, as long as the incubator is off [​IMG]
     
  4. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    why cant you just keep putting eggs into the incubator while it is on, i am just curious. would it matter if you just add eggs while you go
     
  5. dbcooper02

    dbcooper02 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It would be possible to hatch a few at a time if you had a second incubator to use as a hatcher and were very careful to keep track of which eggs were which. It is just way easier to set them in batches.
    Eggs are typically incubated in batches or clutches so they all hatch at the same time. That way the chicks in the brooder would all be the same age, needing the same brooder temps, maturing at the same time etc. etc.
    db
     
  6. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    I have done that...it works. I did it because I am a little on the lazy/forgetful side and would not turn them and that does do bad things to your hatch rate.
     
  7. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like to wait until I have enough eggs to put them in all at the same time.
    I would love to just add them as I get them but if they are spread out over a week it would make things difficult at the stage where the turner has to come out ready for hatching. That way you would have to know which are the eggs that still need to be turned and do that by hand. That just seems messy if not impossible. Not to mention having to keep opening the incubator to turn eggs while others are hatching.
    Unfortuatley I don't have the luxury of two incubators, maybe one day lol:)
    thank you. Jenny
     
  8. duck&chickencrazy

    duck&chickencrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2008
    Indiana
    Well i was wondering cause i have an automatic turner and i was thinking that if i took out two or three sections on the turner that i could put the eggs that will hatch (within the 3 day thing) on the side that has no sections and i was thinking that would work but i dont know. Any feedback
     
  9. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    duck&chickencrazy :

    Well i was wondering cause i have an automatic turner and i was thinking that if i took out two or three sections on the turner that i could put the eggs that will hatch (within the 3 day thing) on the side that has no sections and i was thinking that would work but i dont know. Any feedback

    As the batches hatch they'll leave behind a mess which is a breeding ground for bacteria which can mess up your later hatching eggs.​
     
  10. Porterfive

    Porterfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Amy,
    You have to take the whole turner out when you have three days left to hatch. This is not just to stop the eggs turning but to stop the new born chicks form getting hung up in the turner and being killed.
    The new chicks stagger and flop around, a lot, when they hatch.
    My daughters class at school last year had two incubators full of eggs and she was unfortante enough to see what happens to them when they get tangled up in that turner:( Not a pretty sight.
    Hope that helps.
    Jenny
     

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