12 or 13 day old eggs--if properly stored will they still hatch?


In the Brooder
10 Years
Sep 2, 2009
Newnan, GA
I was going to put 34 eggs in my incubator today (Wed.), but in order to avoid a staggered hatch, I am thinking of waiting until Monday. The oldest eggs stored in my basement will be 12 or 13 days old then. Are they too old to be viable? I could collect more eggs from my chickens Friday and this weekend if you all think that the 12 or 13 day old eggs won't be much good. Those eggs will be just wasted and the work of properly cleaning and collecting and storing them will be all for nothing. Maybe I'll just try them and keep a record of which ones are which so that I'll know for later hatches.
I always kept mine for 2 weeks before hatching. They hatched just fine. They were not shipped eggs, they were my own. I wouldn't wait 2 weeks on shipped eggs.
I had 16 shipped eggs get lost in the mail. 12-14 days old. I only had 2 of the 16 hatch. The others never developed.

Good Luck and God Bless!

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