Time limit on hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pamperedpoultry, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    I've go 1 batch of eggs they we're laid Sun, mon and tues of last week So I really need to set them. The problem is I'm out of incubator room and only have 1 bator left free and I have 2 more batches hopefully that will be here Tues and the latest Wed. Would I be safe waiting to set when they get in or will some of the eggs be to old???
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    you can go up to ten days with eggs, after that the hatch rate for them will go down alot each day, i do not like to go over 7 days with my eggs.
  3. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    7 to 10 days is the longest most people go. But I have heard you can go up to 14 days.
  4. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    Its either waiting to hatch them all at the same time, or setting them when they get here but then I'd have to figure out what to do with the ones I set first when its time to up the humidity. I have another bator that I have some set in now, those will be long hatched by then and I could have it ready to move them. But I know me and thats not a for sure thing cause I'll find something to put back in it when those hatch.
  5. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2008
    But if one is so hatching addicted that eggs are dying before getting a chance to incubate, isn't that then hurting/killing chickens by addiction?
  6. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    Personally, I would wait and put them in all together. I would keep turning them though and not just let them sit in one position. But I am no expert. That is just what I would do and have done. [​IMG]
  7. clayhillcouple

    clayhillcouple Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2009
    Middleburg Florida
    Are you saying eggs put aside for 7-10 days are then put into the incubator.At which time the 21 day clock begins.Which leads me to another question. Candling eggs after 7 days put aside at 50-70 degree temp or 7 days after being put into a Bator??? The more I read the more get confused...LOL
  8. daisychick

    daisychick Incubator Tetris Master Consultant

    Feb 8, 2009
    candle on the 7th day that they have been in the incubator.

    While they are sitting aside they don't start developing. When the are exposed to the heat is when they start growing. Hope that helps.
  9. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    Quote:When I got these eggs they we're suposed to all be here at the same time. The first batch I got fri and I was suposed to of gotten the others fri or sat, but the shipping of the others got delayed because of a snow storm and The person shipping them "getting behind" on shipping their eggs out.
    This is the first attempt of me buying eggs to hatch. I've been saleing most of mine. I've decided I wasn't incubating every egg I got this year from my chickens. I Just got 1 batch for my dad he wants to get into raising bigger chickens. And the others my pair quit laying and I needed some more to replace them I've never seen any others around here, and the 3rd batch was from a swap on here. Can't say I'm addicted, Its really that I have a hard time leaving eggs lay around or tossing them because I'm looking at them thinking their is a lil baby in there. So thats why I dont know if my second bator will be open then. I dont want any of the eggs to go bad thats why I was asking the best way to go about this and have the best hatch rate. Since I wasnt able to control the shipping times.........

    sorry for the novel.....
  10. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I have set a few eggs on top of other eggs for a couple days because there wasn't room in the bator, then when I moved the others out, set the double decker eggs in their own turner hole and had it come out okay. I tried to keep them away from being directly under the heating element. Not sure if it mattered or not, but was looking for a cooler spot in the still air.... just a thouhgt.

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