We found eggs - now what?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Manaoio, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Manaoio

    Manaoio Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, we are the proud owners of one hen at our school; but today we went on a field trip and found 3 eggs under a tree. They were coldish (It's Maui, and was 73 degrees) but I think they had been laid today. We candled them, and couldn't really see anything so I finally broke one open. It was definitely fertilized. I have no incubator, but I am ordering one.What do I do until it gets here? Is there hope for this egg?
     
  2. 12chickenlover3

    12chickenlover3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there is definitaly hope!! Keep over a candle 24/7! And keep in sight!! i hope it makes it through andi helped.[​IMG]
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    How awesome!!! I wish you luck with hatching them!!! are you going to collect more until you get the incubator???
    Below is a paste from article ... https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

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    Collection & Storage of Eggs
    Sources for eggs are to search the BYC buy sell trade section, Craigslist and eBay. Your local thread on BYC may be the best bet for local eggs! Look for your local site in the “Social section” “Where am I? Where are You!” on BYC.

    Choose eggs that are of good size, not abnormally big or small. Do NOT set dirty, cracked, or porous eggs. Try not to wash eggs as you will disrupt the protective barrier. Avoid using cloths to clean eggs because this removes the egg's protective coating and exposes it to entry of disease organisms. The washing and rubbing action also serves to force disease organisms through the pores of the shell. Place the eggs upright in an egg carton with the FAT, air cell end of the egg UP! Allow eggs to sit in a moderately cool, somewhat humid place for storage. Basements are great. Moderately cool means 55-65 degrees. Rotate your eggs a 3 times a day to keep the embryo from sticking. An easy way to turn all of the eggs at once is to place a thick book under one end of the carton, and later remove the book and put it under the other end of the carton, 3 times a day. Before adding eggs to the incubator always WARM eggs UP slowly to room temperature. IF THE EGGS ARE COLD Condensation can cause bacterial growth on the eggs! You can collect eggs up until 10 days or so, but after the 7th day lower hatch rates may result. Stored eggs take longer to hatch (about one hour per day of storage).

    It is important to ALWAYS wash your hands before handling your hatching eggs!

    Omphalitis, yolk sack infection is caused by a bacterium that enters through the porous egg shell and easily kills embryo's and newly hatched chicks. Unfortunately, incubation conditions are ideal for breeding bacteria as well as incubating eggs.
    For more information on storing eggs refer to Recommendations for hatching egg handling and storage



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  4. Manaoio

    Manaoio Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much for your help!
     
  5. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Good luck with your hatch and [​IMG]
     
  6. Sally Sunshine

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  7. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    You go Sally with all your awesome information. ;)
     
  8. Sally Sunshine

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  9. Manaoio

    Manaoio Out Of The Brooder

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    Okay so we candled our egg on Saturday night, and it had the distinct spider-looking embryo that it is supposed to! I'm going to re-candle it with my students today, I hope to see a little growth! :D
     
  10. Manaoio

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    It's bigger, it's bigger! It looks absolutely great! My students and I are jumping for chicken joy!
     

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