What's a safe amount of time to keep the incubator lid off?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cupman, Feb 8, 2012.

  1. cupman

    cupman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 42 eggs in my incubator. They just passed the 5 day mark and I was considering doing the candle test in the next 2-3 days. Because I have so many eggs set I figure it will probably take me 10 minutes to candle them all. How long do hens leave the clutch when they go broody? I am considering just leaving it alone until right before lockdown but I would hate to have some exploding rotten eggs waiting for me.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hens will get off the nest for a half hour sometimes, especially if it's pretty warm like it would be in a house. Ten minutes would be no problem.
     
  3. ChestnutRidge

    ChestnutRidge Chillin' With My Peeps

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