Raising your own chickens can be a great way to have quality eggs and chicken always available. There are many aspects that go into taking care of eggs that you want to hatch in an incubator, from choosing good eggs, to storing them properly. Eggs headed to the the incubator need more than just a warm place to lay.
Store eggs in a cool, humid area. It should be around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and about 75 percent humidity.
Store eggs with the large end up. This may seem upside down to most, but this is actually how the mother hen would set it. The large end up and the smaller end firmly down.
Turn eggs daily. The eggs need to be rotated. Mark one side with an X and the opposite side with an O. Turn the egg so that the O side is facing you. Every 24 hours, rotate the egg so that the X is facing you.
Chart the days you store the eggs. Storing eggs that are headed to an incubator will last only seven or fewer days.
Raise the temperature. Allow cool eggs to slowly adjust to a higher temperature before putting them in the incubator. Incubators are typically 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tips & Warnings
- Getting your eggs ready for the incubator is only one step to the process of them hatching. You must choose the proper eggs and choose a good incubator. The hens whose eggs you choose should have a high rate of fertility and should be healthy. The incubator you choose should mimic a mother hen as much as possible. In fact, using a hen to hatch the egg will get you better results than incubators if you have good hens and are making sure they stretch and eat. Once you are incubating the eggs, turning them four to six times daily and checking that your incubator is working properly will be the main steps to hatching your eggs.
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