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Setting chicken eggs
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Kansas Kid    Posted 04-04-2002 at 06:41:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 12 hens and they are gettin old I need to set some eggs in the incubator. How long can I keep the eggs before putting them in the incubator?

Katie    Posted 03-17-2005 at 09:28:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
How do you know when a chicken egg is a setting egg? Please tell me soon.

Tom A    Posted 04-04-2002 at 15:10:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
According to Stromberg's "A Guide to Better Hatching" eggs should be stored at 40-60 degrees F, 70-90% humidity. They should be 'tipped' at an angle and turned 2 times a day. They can be stored like this for up to 7 days with little decrease in hatching rate. After 7 days the rate of hatching drops significantly. They base their recommendations on a number of different studies over the past 50 years.


Kayleigh    Posted 08-14-2003 at 19:03:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have had a chicken egg for 5 days now. I have had it wrapped up in a shirt and i put the shirt in a box and put the box on a heating pad set on low. I just found out that I should tun it. How often should I turn it? Am I doing the right thing? If it is fertile, do I have a good chance of the egg hathing? Is there a way to tell if it is fertile? If you know the answer to any of this, will you please e-mail me?

Katrina    Posted 04-04-2002 at 11:31:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi! I'm kind of new here but thoroughly enjoy everyone! You can keep the eggs for a week to 10 days as long as you hold them between the temp of 55 and 70 degrees before you incubate. Any chance you could let a couple of the hens hatch their own clutch of eggs? It's a lot less worry for you. There is a lot of additional info at and terrific people there as well. Good luck!

BRENDA SHEPARD    Posted 01-16-2006 at 12:21:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Bobbie Marshall    Posted 08-16-2004 at 15:37:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why do my chickens want to set all the time. I have tryed different things but not any help. Please help if you have any suggestions.

LarryAJ    Posted 04-04-2002 at 10:32:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Why not take a lesson from the way it works in nature?

When I was a boy, one of the "jobs" I had on my Grandmother's farm was to gather up the eggs. The chickens ran free all over the barn lot. The hens LOVED to find places hid away to lay their eggs. Of course, I did not find all of them. So every now and then there would be a hen leading her clutch of chicks around. As I remember (got CRS now) there were usually from 8 to 12 chicks.

Now I seem to remember that you get about 2 eggs per 3 days or so. So to get a clutch of a dozen eggs to set on, the hen would have to had lay the first egg around two weeks before the last. You should remember that these eggs laid in a nest in the summer heat frequently. The same is true for all birds. While most nest in the spring there are those that have more than one brood. The last brood would have to be laid during the summer.

I also do remember finding an abandoned clutch, now and then. I was VERY careful handling those eggs - they sort of "sloshed" inside. Sort of like handling a "live" STINK bomb! :-)


Jerry S    Posted 04-04-2002 at 08:27:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe you need to set the eggs basically right away. Once refrigerated and such, they won't survive.

Robert in Md.    Posted 04-04-2002 at 08:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Set your eggs once a week, it will be fine. Just store the eggs in a cool place, not the frig. I've hatched thousands of eggs in incubators setting them once a week and hatch all summer long. Started a new tray every week. Turning the eggs is real important before and after setting them. Hope this helps.

DJ    Posted 04-04-2002 at 08:49:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
I believe you can keep them in the refrigerator for a week or so, to collect the number of eggs you want to begin the incubation process together at the same time.

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