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How long can eggs sit out before incubation without them going bad?

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DH just picked up a dozen fertile eggs for our first go at incubating; but, I don't want to start them until tomorrow (I want to be sure our incubator is well regulated).  Will it hurt them to sit at room temperature for a while?  I know some of the eggs were laid as far back as Wednesday of this week.  That's only a couple days ago and the eggs haven't been refrigerated or washed.  Will they be ok?

~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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post #2 of 7

I have received eggs in the mail that were a week old and had a good hatch rate.

post #3 of 7

Best if stored between 45-55 degrees, pointy side down for less than 10 days.  

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Thank you both!  I'll put the pointy side down and keep them in the kitchen (coolest room of the house without it being "cold").  fl.gif

 

When I put them in the egg turner, should they be pointy side down then, too?

~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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post #5 of 7

you should also turn them while they are sitting if you could store them in the turner while waiting to incubate them that would be perfect then when ready just set turner with the eggs into the incubator. and they do go in the turner pointy side down

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Originally Posted by Jessshan8 View Post

you should also turn them while they are sitting if you could store them in the turner while waiting to incubate them that would be perfect then when ready just set turner with the eggs into the incubator. and they do go in the turner pointy side down



Great!  Thank you!  I feel like such an amateur!  Oh, wait....I am....  bow.gif

~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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~Luke and Ali
Parents to a beautiful baby girl!  Jacquelyne Hope--born 5:03 pm--03/01/2012--9 lb. 9 oz--21.5 inches long
"Parents" to Missy (dog) and hatching 18 barnyard mutts due 07/08or09/12.

Currently on the warpath to hunt down whichever "upstanding citizen" stole my last 10 chicks out of their coop at 10 weeks old.  Be afraid. 

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And if they have been at room reg temp during transport...chill in fridge?...i think they have been out of brooding box for several hours . Still reg incubator so i cant put them in until
Tomorrow am . Please help. Ty#
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