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It's freezing here at night.  I know the eggs can't freeze and we are checking for them several times a day, but how cold can fertile eggs get and still be viable?

1 Corgi, 9 Akitas, Buff Orpingtons, Black Javas, American Silver Fox Rabbits, and one Red Tailed Hawk.
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I've hatched eggs that were outdoor temps when I found them, in the 30's, nearly frozen, not as high a percentage hatch when they've been that cold but some do.  When they're my own eggs and I'm just looking for the next generation I don't much care about probability.  I want what hatches from "free" eggs and don't worry about it.  I've also hatched previously refridgerated eggs with numbers in the 50-60% range.  I've hatched soaked, muddy abandoned eggs - though they needed a LOT of help out because their idiot mother hadn't turned them and they were stuck.

The BEST numbers come from eggs kept in the 55-70 degree range, that are very fresh and normal sized.  I like playing with my oddball eggs because every last chick is something I was told couldn't happen or wasn't likely.  And I'm like that.  So I hatch whatever suits me and much of the time, it works anyway.  Nature often finds a way - well outside what "should" work.

It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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Thank you!  I don't care if the percentage isn't high - but if it's completely pointless, that's different.

I'll go on gathering then, and see what happens. smile

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Originally Posted by Rosewynd 

It's freezing here at night.  I know the eggs can't freeze and we are checking for them several times a day, but how cold can fertile eggs get and still be viable?


Hi Rosewynd,
I'm in NH and we recently had a 3 day power outage, I had 11 Olive eggers, 2 Speckled Sussex & 1 dominique survive! I thought it was a miracle~
But the real reason I'm contacting you is that "RareRoo" sent me your name for Black Java eggs...I'm so interested in some. I have 2 white Javas & would really love to start a flock here in NH
Please let me know, I'll Pm you also
Barb

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