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Episode 191 Incubating Eggs

In today’s show I talk about incubating eggs.  Not just my personal experiences but also what studies say about temperature, turning and much more.

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4 comments to Episode 191 Incubating Eggs

  • Crystal

    Thank you so much for outlining egg hatching in such a detailed manner. I’ve tried to hatch button quail eggs out twice so far with no luck after following instructions I found online. I think I know what I did wrong (several things actually) and will try again. I’m now on to coturnix quails instead of buttons (eggs are bigger and easier to cook and quails are more friendly and calm – they live in my dining room), so I will try those. Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Joe

    I like your suggestion about letting the eggs cool for a bit, to simulate the hen getting off the nest to do hen things. Easy to understand and remember.

    For those of us who don’t have a hen handy for observation, for about how long does a hen leave her nest in those situations?

  • Anonymous

    Oh its been a while since I had a broody hen. If I remember correctly they would sometimes leave the nest for hours. Though the norm is leave, eat, drink and return. So most days its less than an hour. I have heard tales of hens leaving for up to 12 hours with no known ill effects on the hatching.

  • Anonymous

    My pleasure.