do you have to wait after you take eggs out of the refridgerator to in

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by thechickenguy, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. thechickenguy

    thechickenguy Songster

    Jun 15, 2010
    woodsfield ohio 43793
    cubate? or can you just put them right under her?
    please answer.
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    I personally would let the eggs "rest" on the countertop for 12 hours before I incubated them. This will allow them to come to temperature gradually. I'm not positive it does any good, but it definitely won't hurt anything either.

    Just so you know, many people prefer to leave eggs they know they are going to hatch on the counter rather than in the incubator because of the belief that the cold damages the embryo. On the other hand, there are many people on this forum who have successfully hatched eggs that had been in the refrigerator for a week or more.

    Good luck
  3. GwenDellAnno

    GwenDellAnno Chirping

    Jul 18, 2009
    Water Valley, AB
    I've had eggs from the fridge hatch. Although they were fresh (like 4 days or less. I think that because they came straight out from under the laying hen, and straight into the fridge that development had not yet started. Take them out and put them under the hen and the embryo then starts to develop once the right temp and humidity conditions are met.) I did let them come up to room temperature before I put them under the hen. (I just didn't think it would encourage her broodiness if I set 6 cold packs underneath her.)

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