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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:17 am 
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Edited from late night brain fuzzies. :oops:

I have been doing a bit of reading on here [actually make that A LOT of reading...been on here all day]. There is one thing I can't seem to wrap my head around, and the search isn't yielding any results. So I'm going to ask a few probably stupid questions about resting eggs.

Why is it done?
What is involved in resting the eggs?
If I am buying eggs from a local breeder, do I need to rest them?
If I am buying eggs that are being posted, do I need to rest them?
How long do you rest them for before putting them in the incubator?

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:09 am 
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Not a silly question at all! Setting eggs is the term used for incubating eggs, either in an incubator or under a hen. It's not a process, but a simple term used when you start to incubate a clutch. As you know, it takes 21 days from when you set the eggs (place it in the bator) till the day they hatch.

I'll humour your questions anyway :wink:

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Why is it done?

Well, it needs to be done if you want to have any success whatsoever in hatching chickens.

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What is involved in setting the eggs?

Placing the egg into an incubator or under a broody hen.

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If I am buying eggs from a local breeder, do I need to set them?

Err... yes

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If I am buying eggs that are being posted, do I need to set them?

As above

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How long do you set them for before putting them in the incubator?

N/A

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:24 am 
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Hi ravyk,

I you want to have a first go at hatching some eggs, do yourself a favour and don't get them by post. Get them under a week old from someone nearby. Make sure they're clean, not cracked or chipped and all about an average size - so no double yolkers or really small or really big ones. That gives you the best chance of a good hatch.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:38 am 
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I'm suspecting ravyk has substituted the word "set" for "rest".

As explained, to set is to put eggs in an incubator or under a broody for incubating.

Resting is what is done to the eggs immediately before they are set.

Resting involves letting the eggs sit at room temperature, usually in an egg carton elevated at one end.
I recommend 24 hrs to customers receiving eggs I've posted to them.

There's been discussions recently on the merits/need to rest eggs before setting.

If you do a search on "resting eggs" your questions should be answered.

Jacquie


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:17 pm 
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:oops: Yes I meant resting eggs. My brain was not working when I wrote this post [ah the joys of late nights]. Thanks for picking up my error Kirribindi.

Chicken07, I'm getting eggs from two local breeders, not game enough to try posted eggs yet. :D

Thanks Nic! :lol:

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:17 pm 
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Well I am one who does not rest eggs they are collected and put in the incubator have done the same for eggs I have picked up etc.
So I can not answer any of your questions because I stopped doing this a long time ago and have seen no difference to hatch rates probably the hatch rates are better. :)


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2010 2:05 pm 
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This is a interesting question.
I have wondered why myself and I can't think of any reason why this would need to be done. I do rest them only because I have been told to and I know no better. But I have wondered why. And does resting the egg out way the delay in setting them because you always get told the fresher the better?
I would like to know if anyone has knowledge as to the reason.

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