Straight out of the fridge and under Hen

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by CalgaryFarmer, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    One of my RIR hens had been playing broody for quite a while, but was never fully committed. She had been sitting on a bunch of fake eggs.

    Then she became committed. I literally grabbed some eggs out of the fridge and put them under her and removed the fake eggs.

    I candled the eggs and it seems 5 out of the 6 are viable.

    One question I have is it was probably 3 days after she was fully committed that I did the switch. Is there a risk she may quit 3 days before they are to hatch?
     
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    Nope. Some will quit early, and some will sit on bad eggs for six weeks. They don't keep track of the days.
     
  3. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you.

    How quickly do you have to get them into an incubator? It is reasonably warm during the day here. I am sure it depends on how old they are and the ambient temperature.
     
  4. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I collect them for 7-10 days before putting them in the incubator. I don't refrigerate them, just put them in a carton with one end propped up and switch which end is propped a few times a day.
     
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