Collecting fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by laurianne, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. laurianne

    laurianne In the Brooder

    How long can you store fertile eggs before setting them? Whether it's in an incubator or under a broody hen? :confused:

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Success rates decline after 10 days, but successful hatching can still occur beyond that point. You can increase success by storing eggs fat side up and replicating "turning" of them by placing them in a carton and elevating the carton at one end to a 45 degree angle (place it on a stack of books, etc) and then changing the end that is elevated 2+ times a day. Store them in a cool room - above refrigerator temperature but the cooler the better around 55 degrees being a commonly quoted temperature.
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