Does it hurt to let shipped eggs rest for more than 24 hours?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Griffin Nest, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    im getting shipped eggs next week and im not going to set them until like 27 hours after they arrive because im not going to be home. (first, they were arriving on a day i was going to be home, but then i got emailed telling me it was pushed back a week, on a day i wasnt going to be home) i already asked my mom to bring them inside when they come, and i'll be arriving the next day to put them in my incubator. will that hurt the eggs??? [​IMG]
  2. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    am i like overreacting? is this really a thing to be freaking out about? [​IMG] yeah, im a beginning hatcher, and i will freak out over many things.

    any experiences with a situation like this?
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have held eggs for 4 days before setting them, because I was waiting for more to arrive so I could set them all at once in the same incubator.

    No harm at all.

    I always let them rest at least 12 hours or overnight, so another 12 hours or day or two will NOT harm them.
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011
  4. chickenfeverforever

    chickenfeverforever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Quote:I do the same thing. I put mine in a cooler since its hot in my house and tilt the cooler every few hours until the day I plan to set them.
  5. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    I had 18 duck eggs sitting for 8 days before i set them. 15 are developing well. Don't worry!
  6. ichoudhury

    ichoudhury Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 3, 2011
    Stone Mountain
    I think you have to ensure the temp around 50-60 F and you have to turn them every few hours so they don't settle. In my case, I decided not to wait 24 hours but them in at 8-9 hours period, and now I am regretting that decision. But that's another story [​IMG]
  7. perolane

    perolane Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2010
    You'll be fine, but I would have Mom unpack them if possible. I unpack mine immediately & put into egg cartons (small end down)...keep in a cool place.
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    When I get eggs, if the eggs are cool when they arrive, I let them come to room temp, then I put them in the incubator but leave the turner off for 2-3 days. If I get eggs in the summer and they are warm when they arrive, they go straight into the incubator but I keep the turner off for the first 2-3 days.
  9. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    I have eggs sitting right now in my (cool) back room waiting for current hatch to finish - got 3 different shipments on 3 different days [​IMG] . I put them in egg cartons and prop up one end, changing ends twice daily to keep the embyros moving until they go in the incubator. Let them come to rooom temp before starting the incubator when you do put them in. Works for me.
  10. Griffin Nest

    Griffin Nest Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 7, 2010
    Quote:thanks [​IMG] yes, i will be putting them in a cooler with an ice pack, making sure the temp is around 65. i'll put them in a carton large end up

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