How to collect eggs?
The collection of eggs of various poultry should be made taking into account the time of year, the characteristics of the species, development, maintenance and feeding of the birds themselves, as well as other important factors. It is especially important to take into account these factors during the collection of eggs for incubation, because collecting eggs for eating is not so difficult: in this case it is important to start collecting eggs as early as possible so that the eggs do not spoil and that the birds do not begin to hatch them. And how to collect eggs for further incubation, will be discussed further.
How to collect eggs from chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks
The collection of eggs laid by chickens and turkeys, is not less than two to three hours. In the cold season it should be done more often. You can read more about how chickens lay eggs in the article How chickens lay eggs. Collect duck and goose eggs need hourly.
It is not possible to keep eggs for incubation for a long time, since it is very important for hatching eggs to be placed in the incubator as early as possible. How to store the collected eggs intended for human consumption is described in the article on our website How to store eggs. And the maximum shelf life of eggs collected for incubation is as follows:
- for chicken - no more than five days;
- for turkey - no more than six days;
- for ducks - no more than seven days;
- for goose - no more than ten days.
Collect eggs for incubation should be in special plywood trays (they can be made from plywood sheet, drilling small holes in it, about 5 cm in size). The eggs on these trays are stacked on one side. You can not stack them on each other in bulk - this will reduce hatchability.
How to collect quail eggs
It is also important to know how to collect quail eggs for incubation. The fact is that these birds in captivity lose the incubation instinct, therefore, the collection of eggs for the hatching of young stock is necessary. Quail eggs intended for incubation must be clean so that there is no risk of spoilage and infection of other eggs. In quails of egg breed, eggs weighing 10-11 grams are taken for incubation, and meat - 11-16. The eggs that were stored for no more than a week in a dry ventilated room with an air temperature of + 15 ° C and humidity - 75-80% would be best displayed. It is also better to collect quail eggs in special trays, putting them into the cells with a blunt end up.
How to collect ostrich eggs
Ostrich eggs should be collected no earlier than 15 minutes after laying. It is necessary to allow ostrich eggs to dry out and cool completely. This is required so that the contents of the egg shrink, forming an air chamber inside. Ostrich eggs before laying in the incubator should be kept in a dry and clean room, but not more than a week. When collecting ostrich eggs, it is necessary to pay special attention to the fact that their shell is not covered with cracks or pecked with a bird.
Knowing how to collect eggs of domestic birds for incubation correctly, you can get healthy young animals, thereby increasing the number of their birds.