Originally Posted by Silkie Chicken
how long can you store the eggs to put under a broody hen to were they do not get bad
Technically up to 14 days if you can keep them cool. But the days after seven though and the hatch rate starts to go down. It would be a good idea to mark the date you collected them in pencil on the egg so you know the oldest and the youngest.
I collected over the course of 14 days and was not able to keep my eggs cool just room temperature. I dont have a broody yet my hen is too young and my Guineas are ..... well Guineas.... My other hens arent laying yet. So I collected two to three eggs from my hen every three days. Those eggs sat in the coop that time. I cant get to my house more than once every two to three days.... LONG story.
I put sixteen eggs twelve Auracana and four Guinea in the incubator some had sat in the coop through 90 degree heat. I had three Guinea eggs hatch. I wasnt expecting anything because of the way I handled them. and the fact that the Auracana is in with very very young roosters. All were pullet eggs too.