timing on using hatcher

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by urbanagrarian, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. urbanagrarian

    urbanagrarian Songster

    Feb 4, 2007
    I need to hatch quite a few replacement pullets this spring and am thinking of getting a second incubator to use as a hatcher. My question is how frequently should I set eggs in the incubator so that I will get a chance to clean out the hatcher between batches. 7 days seems longer than I need. The laying flock includes 12 hens who lay about 9 eggs each day so I have more that enough eggs to move them through as fast as wisely possible.

    I know that continually filling every empty space in the incubator would maximize the number, but I think I want to clean the hatcher between hatches. What system do you folks use?
  2. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    I don't know what kind of hatcher you have, but mine is a cabinet style. It has several drawers you can use for hatching. You can clean out each one as you go and put other eggs in another drawer.

    I would have a down time of 3-4 days every once in a while so you can get it a thorough cleaning.

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