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robyn



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:22 am Reply with quote

how long can the eggs stay in the nest before you inubate if the hen won't sit?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:53 pm Reply with quote

Hi robyn
10 days is about the max. How old is your hen?

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:25 am Reply with quote

Some years ago I had a customer that lived a distance from me so he
wanted to come every two weeks to get eggs. Then he complained that
half those eggs did NOT hatch. I asked him to return the unhatched eggs
(all had been marked with date they were layed) It was the eggs that
were more than a week old that did not hatch.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:20 pm Reply with quote

The fresher they are the better and must keep in mind how hot it's been as of late.
Ideal to keep eggs below 70 degrees ( 55-60 degrees is best ) until they are set.
Reason being the embyros can start to develop but at a dangerously ( deadly ) slow rate if the eggs get over 70 degrees during storage.
I have a great book here that says the hatch rate on fresh eggs for incubation drops significantly at 10 days of age.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:45 pm Reply with quote

Burdgurl, you are right. About three weeks ago I picked up eight eggs from
different pens that I believed to be reasonably fresh because I had removed
all the really old eggs. My setting hens broke some of them but most were
infertile. Just one of those eggs is now in the Lyon TX 7 with a chance of
hatching. This has not been a good year for hatching. But this is OK due to
the fact that I need to downsize for two reasons. My bones protest the
effort of caring for poultry and the accute shortage of money gaah

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