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#1 2012-12-18 22:17:37

Chrish
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From: Arborg MB
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20 day old eggs in the incubator

I have an experiment going on in the bator. I had 4 hens laying eggs and was collecting 1 2 or 3 per day. It took 20 days to get a bator full 48 so I numbered them from 1 the newest to 48 been the oldest.
I read to only use eggs 10 days old or newer and then some people said up to 15 days old. So I decided to put them all in and find out what would hatch. hatch day is Saturday so I cant wait to see what I get an how old an egg will hatch :chickout:


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#2 2012-12-18 23:15:58

Little Boy Blue
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I currently have 7 eggs due to start pipping tonight all from a single hen.  I set 8 eggs from her that were 3-16 days old at the time I set them. When I moved everything over to lockdown only the 16 day old egg showed to be an early quitter. 

I also sent 20 eggs from two hens with a breed who lives 4 hours away this summer.  They were collected for two weeks and set between the 3-16 day window.  He only had 11 hatch and told be that none of the eggs over 10 days old hatched (I had dates on all of them and didn't charge him for eggs over 10 days of collection). 

The best results I have heard of for stored eggs was 12 out of 14 eggs that had been collected for three weeks (I assume from a single hen).

How did you store your egg?  The storage and handling becomes a huge factor to hatchability for older eggs.

I will be looking for the results of your experiment include 1) how long it takes from the first chick to make it out of the shell to the last chick out, 2) hatch rate for 16-20 days, 11-15 days, 6-10 days and 1-5 days 3) and anything else you feel is relevant (possibly how long the early quitters develop to, cockerel to pullet ratio for the hatch, incubation conditions, hatch observations, egg of hens laying the eggs, etc.).  :-)

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#3 2012-12-18 23:47:45

Chrish
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I collected eggs about 6 pm every day and moved them to the house. I kept them on the basement floor thinking its the coldest part of the house but I'm going to check so I can tell you the temp. I turned the eggs from a 45 degree slop one way to 45 the other way. twice a day first thing in the am and then around 6 pm when adding new eggs. I will record and post all that you mentioned. I wish I could record cockerel to pullet from what age eggs but I wont know until they get older. But I will let you know in the end what I end up with. My incubator is a brinsea that I just added the auto humidity pump set at 45% and will bump up to 65% tomorrow


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#4 2012-12-19 01:42:56

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I have made an experiment like that in my hovabator a few years back and the hatch rates were similar from eggs that were up to a month old to the fresh eggs.  The oldest 1/3 of the eggs actually had the highest % hatch rate but not by much.  I think older eggs do need more humidity then fresher eggs as they have already evaporated some moisture.


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#5 2012-12-19 01:51:38

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I have hatched old eggs with new. I'd say they didn't do too bad. Less success than the newer ones but maybe 60 percent?  It's worth doing if you have to! However whenever I ship I eggs, I only send those less than a week old. Enough stress with travelling.

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#6 2012-12-19 02:55:39

Chrish
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

good point about older eggs needing more humidity. I never thought of that. I got 70% on my last hatch or 21 chicks from 30 eggs but one died after a few days. They were 10 days old so I would like to get the same or better this time with the new humidity pump


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#7 2012-12-19 03:01:30

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I checked the temp on my basement floor were I kept the eggs and it was 63 f


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#8 2012-12-19 14:12:31

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

63 Deg F.  Nice,  It sounds like with the rotation and storage you have an excelent experiment set up.  Great work.


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#9 2012-12-19 17:04:51

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

I will be curious to see what the results are :thumbs:

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#10 2012-12-20 06:41:48

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

Flat Rock Farm wrote:

I will be curious to see what the results are :thumbs:

x2 Good luck!!

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#11 2012-12-20 06:47:53

NaturesPace
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

No babies yet? Those EOs love to come out sooner. Please don't  forget the :pics::pics::pics: ASAP :love:


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#12 2012-12-20 14:00:01

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

NaturesPace wrote:

No babies yet? Those EOs love to come out sooner. Please don't  forget the :pics::pics::pics: ASAP :love:

LOL yes they are usually the first ones out, their curiosity can't keep them in the shell for too long they want to see what's on the outside =D

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#13 2012-12-21 01:14:59

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

oops id didn't mention they are not EO eggs I had some Burgs brown egg layers I crossed with a Columbian Wyandotte rooster. These will be my layers for next summer. Sorry I didn't mention that from the start. I was not trying to mislead anybody :chairhide:


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#14 2012-12-21 01:43:18

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

Will they still be little fluffy balls of love?

YES!

We will forgive as long as there are lots of photos. :pics:


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#15 2012-12-21 01:57:30

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

LOL sure thing. Ill post photos for sure


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#16 2012-12-22 00:41:37

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

got home from work and found small cracks in eggs 1 3 7 11 13 15 21. Egg 21 would have been 9 days old so there is no sign of life yet in eggs 10 days or older. :excited:


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#17 2012-12-22 00:57:55

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

:jumping: :cheer:


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#18 2012-12-22 01:27:26

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

Way to go babies!:hatch:

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#19 2012-12-22 01:35:26

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

:excited: :hatch:

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#20 2012-12-22 12:53:03

Chrish
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

There is 8 so far this morning and one of the eggs on the 11 day and old side as a crack in it :jumping::excited:
http://i1167.photobucket.com/albums/q637/crookhousefarm/IMG_0427_zps5ab4faec.jpg


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#21 2012-12-22 13:25:26

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

:congrats:  :chickout:  :jumping:


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#22 2012-12-22 14:00:46

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

Thank you for the photo!  Have all the 9 days or under hatched?  What is the oldest egg to hatch?
Very cute experiment :congrats:


All the best,

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#23 2012-12-22 14:48:07

Chrish
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

only 10 of the 24 10 days old have hatched so far and none of the 11 day or older have hatched. most of the 10 day (left side) have cracks in them only 2 of the 11 day an older (right side) have cracks in them but its early yet so it will be interesting to see what happens


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#24 2012-12-22 15:22:36

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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

That yellow chick looks angry. So cute! :chickout:


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#25 2012-12-22 21:51:45

Chrish
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Re: 20 day old eggs in the incubator

15 hatched so far none from the right side yet


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