collecting eggs???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by naightengale, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. naightengale

    naightengale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2013
    Rocky Mount VA.
    My Coop
    how long can i collect eggs to atempt to hatch them?? when i googled it i came up with 2 weeks to 3 days???? my hens are very inconsistant at the moment some days i get 6 eggs in a day some times it takes a week to get that many..(working with 3 sexlinks hens)
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Most people will tell you 7 to 10 days, but stop and think how long it may take a broody hen to lay a clutch. At one time I had one metal Sears incubator. I would hatch a batch of eggs, disinfect, and start another batch. Many of those eggs had been held in excess of two weeks. I generally managed high percentage hatches. Incubator was maintained and eggs were stored in an earthen cellar where the temperature was around 65 degrees F and humidity 50 % plus and minus. Eggs were stored in clean trays of bedding and turned daily. Worked for me.
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    General rule is no longer than 10 days. Viability lowers each day. But Sourland is right. People hatch eggs from Trader Joes that must be weeks old. I would put them all in the bator and then candle around day 4 or 5....toss out the nongrowers.

    Good luck!!!

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