taking eggs and how long to wait

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by littlered, May 16, 2010.

  1. littlered

    littlered In the Brooder

    May 16, 2010
    i have two hens that are laying pretty good, my questions are can i take the egg right when it is layed and incubate it and if i find an egg that was leyed earyer in the day how long can it set with out the hen laying on befor it is no good to try to incubate
    thanks for any help and advice im new at this so trying to learn
  2. Turkeyrangler

    Turkeyrangler Songster

    May 9, 2010
    By Lake Superior
    From what I've read you can store them for about a week or so before placing in the incubator. Place them in an egg crate big end up at a temp of about 50-55. Don't let them get over 70 degrees. You need to tilt them a bit each day. Place something a couple inches high under one end, and move it to the other end each day. keeps the embryo from sticking to the shell. BTW...do all of this gently. When you have the number of eggs you want let them warm to room temp and place them in the incubator. Make sure the temp is stable in the incubator before you do this. I'm new to this, well not really new. I used to do this with my grand mother about a million years ago, but have just recently gotten back into it. I have 5 turkey eggs in the incubator as we speak. Should be hatching in two weeks. Any of you sages can chime in if I posted something wrong here.
    Last edited: May 16, 2010
  3. NancyP

    NancyP Songster

    Mar 28, 2009
    Well said Turkeyrangler. The only thing I would add is to mention the search function on this site. It is a very useful tool.

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