What are the chances of survival?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by combat cow, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. combat cow

    combat cow Hatching

    Jan 5, 2008
    Sth East England
    Hi, newbie here!!

    Last week we decided to buy some hatching eggs, never having had chickens before.
    Decided to buy incubator same day but couldn't find any small ones in our price range, so being told that they would keep for awhile we have ordered one off ebay.
    We have had the eggs indoors now just under 70 degrees, and still waiting for incubator, hopefully Monday now which will be seven days.
    I'm slightly tilting the egg box so the yolk doesn't stick 4 - 5 times daily, but only found out about that yesterday, 3 days just sitting still point downwards.
    I'm concerned that it's too late for them.
    Can anyone advise, PLEASE.
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    It's best to keep them at around 50 degrees.

    I'd take a chance and try them, at this point you don't have anything to loose.
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Yikes, I'm sorry I can't help be of help here except to wish you luck - I'm sure someone will come along with advice. Me, I'd be obsessed with finding out how to handle them and getting the necessary equipment before I got the eggs, and even then I'd probably be wringing my hands! Sending best wishes for their happy hatching. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2008
  4. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I've let some of my eggs sit for over a week and didn't have any problems but my guest room stays on the cool side. You should be fine.
  5. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Remember the mama, She lays eggs in a nest and if it is a standard that may be up to 13, so at least 13 days, she does not keep them cool in the summer months and she may or may not turn them every time she lays a new one. I have read reports of people who hatched eggs from the store refrigerated at who know what and then transported to the store. These were free range organic eggs, but still....I know many people who collect their eggs and leave them on the counter until they set them. Those of us who sell eggs are more geared to keeping the eggs within a certain temp range to assure that they have the very best chance of developing. That is not to say that they will not develop if the are kept colder or warmer.

    All the rules and procedures we follow to hatch eggs in an incubator are to improve our chance of doing as well as a mama. With that being said, there is a huge area for adapting. Set your eggs and see what happens. Try to keep to the accepted procedure for incubation as well as you can. Nothing to loose. I know it is hard to absorb all the things to do especially when you are first starting out. I have gotten much better at hatching and I am way less involved than I was at first. I don't just set em and forget em but I don't stress as much. Good Luck.
  6. combat cow

    combat cow Hatching

    Jan 5, 2008
    Sth East England
    Thanks for the replys.
    This is the first time when getting a new pet that i haven't been fully prepared.
    It was one of those last minute dicision things, to bid on eggs and actually won them. I have all the other equipment , brooder etc sorted out, just the places we thought would sell incubators didn't, apart from upwards of £200, we couldn't do that just to keep 6 chickens.
    We drove to pick them up so they didn't get scrambled in the post.
    I will up date and probably be full of questions again when the incubator arrives ( hopefully tomorrow).
    Thanks, Kim.
  7. Yes I put some in a fridge once, but only for a few days, I was planning on eating them but stuck them under a broody who decided to hatch some eggs and the fridge ones did hatch.
  8. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    I vote to give them a try too.

    Just candle them around day 7-10 and see if there is any development. When you get there if you aren't sure how to do that, just post and we can help you out.

    That way, you'll know if you've got a shot at getting any chicks without waiting the whole 21 days.

    The faster you know if they are no good, the quicker you can get more eggs and start again [​IMG]
  9. lannabun

    lannabun Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    i vote try them wont know till you do ..
  10. SisterFlash

    SisterFlash Songster

    What kind of eggs did you get?
    Barb [​IMG]

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