what temp to let them rest at?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mom2Cool, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. Mom2Cool

    Mom2Cool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi everyone. Ok so it's experiment time here & I'd ordered some eggs through the mail the other day (black laced Red Wyndottes) anyway they were sent prioity mail but it took a few days to get here (sent on Wed. just got here this afternoon) at what temp should I let them "rest"? I don't want to have them warm too quick. I'm hoping they didn't get too cold in route I didn't think they'd be going szo far it would take this long to get here but I guess with the Christmas mail etc. it did. anyway any ideas on the temp to let them rest at? & I'm reading some where that I'm suppose to "rock them" so they don't stick to the shell?

    This is a first time & therefore a true experiment [​IMG] but I figure if anything comes of it well it should be real pretty. LOL
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Let them come up to room temp in your house. Set them pointy end down and let them rest. The shaking and moving from having been mailed can scramble them.

    I keep mine out on the counter in the room I will incubate them in for 8 - 12 hours before setting in the incubator.

    Shipped eggs are always a risk. Sometimes you win and get a great hatch and sometimes you loose and end up with nothing. It is a roll of the dice you have to be willing to take.

    Good luck and happy hatching.
     
  3. Mom2Cool

    Mom2Cool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi MissPrissy thanks for such a quick response I appreciate it. & really I know the risk is like REAL high & that's why I called it an experiment because that's all it really is at this point. Of course as much as it is an experiment I figure it's better to just check with those you've done it before taking the next step you know?

    I do have them in the same room as the incubator. My son had wanted to try this with duck egg years ago & I'd bought the thing & he'd been unsuccessful with it (a different story) anyway it's just been sitting here so I thought I'd take a crack at this (no pun intended).

    Anyway the eggs will just be on their side when they go into the incubator & so would it be best to keep them on their side while they're resting or should I put them in a carton? They didn't come in a carton or that foam but they came wrapped in bubble wrap on their side. The room is about 65 degrees too cold or too hot? & then wait til morning to set them in the incubator?
     
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  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    That temp should be fine. Mark them with an X on one side and an O on the other so that you can monitor and get confused in your turning. Turn them 3 - 5 times a day to keep the embryo exercised.

    Good luck. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mom2Cool

    Mom2Cool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again MissPrissy they're resting as we speak & it'll be so cute if it works & we get a hatching out of it. [​IMG]
     

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