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Can you incubate and hatch store-bought eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ThePigeonKid, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. ThePigeonKid

    ThePigeonKid Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Ohio - Chickens 3yrs
    I was wondering if this was possible, and whether there is a certain brand that is most likely to be fertile.

    Just curious. [​IMG]
  2. happydog

    happydog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2009
    Western NC
    I don't think the majority of grocery store eggs are going to be fertile, but I HAVE bought some at Whole Foods that say Fertilized Eggs on the carton. I don't remember what the brand was, unfortunately. I bought them thinking at least the poor chickens aren't kept in solitary confinement ALL the time if they're having conjugal visits. [​IMG]
  3. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    99.99% of eggs are unfertilized in supermarkets except ones specifically labelled as such. No egg producing company in their right mind would keep a rooster with their (mostly single-caged) hens anyway - people would get pretty po'd to find a half-chick in an egg from a hot shipping container incubating it.
  4. ybmagpye

    ybmagpye Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 17, 2009
    Fair Oaks, California
    If the eggs were fertile and NOT refridgerated, there would be a minute chance they'd hatch - but it would be a miracle worthy of 3 wise men and a virgin. [​IMG]
  5. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:I live in a country where we 1. don't refrigerate our eggs, we keep them on shelves and 2. the heat gets so bad that the hens don't even sit on them anymore, they sit next to them and watch them and they're still incubating.... so fertile unrefridgerated eggs can actually and possibly form a little here. I wouldn't say *hatch* because they wouldn't be able to get that far - but I don't think any commercial farmer here would ever risk putting a roo with their hens. Although I, for one, welcome our new chicken Jesus.
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    We have a Wegmans that sells "fertile" eggs. They may hatch you can never tell about these things. I got hens that hatch in the freezing cold. Don't know how they do it but they are good at it. So a fridge should be nothing. I may buy a dozen sometime and see what happens.

    Take care

  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    if you have a trader joes I think they sell fertile eggs
  8. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Why someone will like to incubate refrigerated eggs?
  9. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quite a few BYCers have hatched TJ's eggs . There's one on the thread in my signature incubateing some now .
  10. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    why someone will like to incubate refrigerated eggs?

    are you trying to reinvent the wheel?

    I think there is much information here and so many concerns about temperature afecting eggs during shipping and storage.
    why will you think of refrigerated eggs?
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2011

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