Before the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by moeplants, May 16, 2011.

  1. moeplants

    moeplants Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can you keep an egg, after it is laid , before you putit in the incubator? I have Chickens...and Guineas!!! I am totally new to this, I had chickens growing up, but never tried to hatch them on my own [​IMG] I think this site is awesome!!
     
  2. kimandrich

    kimandrich Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to Backyard Chicken!
    I love this site, too. It's amazing.


    I'm pretty sure you can keep them 7 days, stored in a cool room with 60-70% humidity, but that's what I've been told. I'm new to this. I'm sure someone more experienced will reply as well!


    Good luck!
     
  3. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've searched high and low for the answer to this VERY question. That and can short term previously refrigerated eggs be hatched? I've had no luck so..i'm going to keep an eye on this thread!
     
  4. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I generally will go up to 10 days on my own eggs but never sell hatching eggs to customers that are over 7 days old when they pick them up.

    Of course I've had eggs sit on my kitchen counter for two weeks without turning and decide to put them in the incubator and have them all hatch out fine. [​IMG]

    You could try refrigerated eggs, folks have hatched them. You'll see people on the forum purchase fertile eggs at the health food store hatch a few chicks out of those and they were definitely in refrigerated conditions, too.

    Hey, it's all a big experiment anyways, have fun with it. [​IMG]

    Carolyn
     
  5. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be no older than 7 days or you hatch rate may go down.
     
  6. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Well had i know THAT LOL, I might have a chick by now!!! I was taking her eggs before I realized she was broody and I had 1 more in the fridge!!! I thought once you got them cold, they were no longer viable....ohhhhhman >selfkick<
     
  7. moeplants

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    Thanks! That is very helpful...hmmm now how many chicks do I really need??? [​IMG]
     
  8. MetalSmitten

    MetalSmitten Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just as a sidenote, the refrigerated eggs CAN sometimes hatch, but your chances go down. better to store them normally [​IMG]
     
  9. Heathero617

    Heathero617 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL ok so what is "normal" storage for an egg? I had always been lead to believe it's refrigeration!

    Sidenote: In my world, "Normal" is nothing but a dryer setting [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2011
  10. Glenmar

    Glenmar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fertile eggs for hatching should be stored at room temp. 60 degrees is best. So out of the sunlight. In an egg carton pointy side down. They also need to be turned each day while waiting to go in the incubator.
     

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