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"WILD" temperature swings

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wilkey44, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. wilkey44

    wilkey44 In the Brooder

    Nov 14, 2010
    Central Oklahoma
    I think sometimes people forget that chickens were once a wild bird and eggs are designed to survive things that would drive us up a wall trying to control. Over the years I have seen hens with so many eggs under her that they were hanging out and almost all hatched.

    When a egg is under a hen it gets not only rotated from side to side but from middle to outside and outside to middle, so a temp swing is enormous and eggs need a temp break every once and awhile.

    In the wild a hen would run off the eggs to get a preditor to follow her and could be gone for hours and eggs have been living threw this for millions of years

    The biggest thing I would hope that people would relax about is the hatch rate, its a miracle that a chick hatchs anyways so many things have to go right over 18-21 day and so many things can go wrong, all we can do is the best we can.

    "Just a quick thought"

    Last edited: Nov 27, 2010

  2. RioLindoAz

    RioLindoAz Sleeping

    Jul 8, 2007
    Yuma, Arizona
    When hens are broody, they are controlled by instinct in which they feel the need to hatch eggs. Because of this, they just know what they can and cannot do. Unfortunately, incubators do not have this capability, so even if comething small goes wrong, it can be catastrophic for the eggs.

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