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How long can eggs sit before they aren't able to be incubated?

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I am getting ready to set some eggs but would like to accumulate as many eggs as possible. I have 8 hens but only recieved 5 eggs today due to the weather. My question is, how many days do I have to collect eggs before some of them are no longer viable?
Sorry if this does not make sense,
Thanks


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post #2 of 13

Recommended is about a week.
Think about a hen. She lays one a day til she gets about 10-12 then she sets.
Scientifically, fertility is supposed to go down the longer the egg sits around.

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10 days before they start to lose fertility, however many have set older eggs with success.

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Thank you! I guess I'll just collect until its full and if they don't hatch oh well.
Thanks again

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10 days before they start to lose fertility, however many have set older eggs with success.


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I have had a few hatch that were older though. I set eggs once a week, but a few times I've skipped a week and set eggs when a few eggs were 14 days old and still had good hatches. The trick is keeping the eggs cool and turning them a couple of times a day until you are ready to put them in the incubator.

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post #6 of 13

Hmm...I've got some eggs that are within a week or so old, some no more than 10-14 days that I would like to incubate.
BUT...they have sat and not been turned or anything.

Wonder if I should pass on these and start collecting the newer eggs that they lay this week or if these eggs may still be worth a try?

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Originally Posted by Jx2inNC 

Hmm...I've got some eggs that are within a week or so old, some no more than 10-14 days that I would like to incubate.
BUT...they have sat and not been turned or anything.

Wonder if I should pass on these and start collecting the newer eggs that they lay this week or if these eggs may still be worth a try?


I would set them, the turning doesn't have any effect on fertility, just keeps the membranes from sticking, and make sure the humidity is correct at hatching .

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Originally Posted by Sumatra55 
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Originally Posted by Jx2inNC 

Hmm...I've got some eggs that are within a week or so old, some no more than 10-14 days that I would like to incubate.
BUT...they have sat and not been turned or anything.

Wonder if I should pass on these and start collecting the newer eggs that they lay this week or if these eggs may still be worth a try?


I would set them, the turning doesn't have any effect on fertility, just keeps the membranes from sticking, and make sure the humidity is correct at hatching .


What do I need to watch numerically for humidity and what happens if it varies?
And how much play do I have before problems are caused?

Sorry, new to incubating!

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post #9 of 13

There are many views on the "correct" humidity, I aim for 45-53% Relative Humidity during incubation and 55-60% for hatching.

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Originally Posted by Sumatra55 

There are many views on the "correct" humidity, I aim for 45-53% Relative Humidity during incubation and 55-60% for hatching.


At the moment, I don't have means of measuring humidity in my little incubator. Hmm...

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