That's great Oz, I saw somebody post a way to keep eggs longer if you store them in a frig with a paper towel w/oxine on it.
From BYC user yinepu,
being in the fridge won't hurt them at all so long as the air cells haven't gotten too big while in storage and they have been turned a bit.. (if the air cells are too big just bump up the humidity a bit and see if it helps)
As a note:
Here's my method (I experimented for quite a while with this one before I got it to where I was happy with the results):
when I store hatching eggs I put them in a carton (styro preferred) with the pointy end down.. and put the carton of eggs in a zip loc bag (usually gallon size)
I then take a paper towel and fold it several times and soak it in oxine (listerine and water mix will also work) and add that to the bag under or next to the carton (not on top)
then I zip the bag closed and put them in the fridge.. turning the carton side to side a bit every day until I pull them from the fridge to hatch. (allowing them to come to room temp before placing in the incubator)
i can keep them viable for a minimum of 21 days that way.. but, as a note.. hatchability does start to drop if you leave them for too long.
With my own "farm fresh" eggs I can still get a good solid 90 to 100% hatch rate on eggs I store this way.
Sex link hen and rooster you guys were talking about
The rooster has some red leakage in his neck and saddle
Edited by LFchixranch - 4/5/13 at 9:54am