Whats the oldest egg youve put in an incubator?

Discussion in 'Geese' started by AliciaM, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. AliciaM

    AliciaM Songster

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    What is the longest time between a goose laying the egg and getting them in the incubator and have them hatch?

    A couple of the eggs I got today are 15 days old. Would it be pointless to put them in the incubator? A few others are about 10 days old..

    These are free eggs, so im not out any money if I try.. Just wondering if they have a chance..
     
  2. Shiloh Acres

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    I haven't hatched with an incubator yet, but I did find a pretty detailed article that mentions pretty impressive (to me) hatch rates on eggs first stored 24 days -- under particular conditions.

    If it's not costing you anything except the power -- I'd go for it if it were me?

    Here's the article:
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  3. AliciaM

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    The link didnt work.. But, thanks.. I will try.. you never know.

    Never mind.. it worked.. Just took a couple clicks.. thanks.
     
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    Shiloh Acres Chirping

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    Looks like they were getting 85% hatch of 17 day old eggs without the warming. I'd go for it. [​IMG]
     
  6. Sheepy

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    It should work!
     
  7. AliciaM

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    The oldest egg was dated Feb 28. I put them all in the incubator.. all 18 of them.... LOL.. We shall see.. I hope the majority make it...Im sooo looking forward to baby geese.. Ive got them in a LG still air.. All 18 fit. The temp is holding at 99 and humidity at 57....

    When do I start misting them?? At 4 days in, correct???

    Whatever hatches, I get half.. that was the deal I made..

    Also... what is a good candler?? Can I hand make one??
     
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  8. AliciaM

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    Well, of ALL those eggs.. Ive got 1.. I repeat 1.. that is developing.. Its got a week to go... and its LIVE..

    Most of the eggs were clear when I tossed them.. I think 3 started to develop, but then stopped...

    So.. cross your fingers that "Gus Gus" goes full term and hatches....Only a week to go..

    Ive got 5 more I just added to the incubator.. Replacement for the ones that were seriously damaged in shipping..

    When is a good day to check for fertility? Id like to know a good date, so that when I check, if there is nothing, I will toss it out..
     
  9. pete55

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    The earliest is day 4 with my Dewlaps but you have to look hard. I would say by day 6 or 7 there are unmistakable signs of embryo development.

    I've been charting the progress of Dewlap eggs with candling pics if thats of any help and here's the link below.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=472851

    Hope that helps [​IMG] Good luck with your egg as your at a similar stage to me with 2 Dewlap eggs.

    Pete
     

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