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Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nhchickenfarmer, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. nhchickenfarmer

    nhchickenfarmer Hatching

    Jan 17, 2013
    im in central NH and after testing i have found a good number of my eggs fertile, i would like to incubate them but dont want to waste my time, i was wondering how long an egg can survive in the cold, my hens are not broody so the eggs are layed and left, sometimes its a few hours before i get to them, i dont think they are frozen as they are not cracked, just wondering if anyone had any input?

  2. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Crowing

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    If they havnt frozen then give it a go they should be ok. Just make sure they are room temp befor putting them in the incubator , if its chilly outside that could take a bit so give them a good 12 hours or so . How many eggs do you get and how many are you wanting to set. Just out of curiousity?
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    If your coop is unheated, uninsulated, the temp is below freezing and the eggs have been in there for a couple hours you can probably forget it but down to freezing they should be viable.
  4. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2013

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