Don't let fertile hatching eggs sit at room temp for too long?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Felicitas, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. I bought eggs over the weekend, hoping that both orders would arrive today. Wouldn't you know it, only one set arrived today (holiday season delays, I'm sure.) I'm going to delay setting them until tomorrow night in hopes the other set will arrive tomorrow, and i can put them both in at the same time. I thought I remembered reading somewhere that it is better to store hatching eggs in the refrigerator instead of keeping them at room temperature, but now I can't find the article and I can't find anything on here about that. Is this true? Also, I need to turn the eggs a few times a day, too, right?
    Thanks for the forum's patience with my n00b questions. [​IMG]
  2. CindyS

    CindyS Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Geneseo, Illinois
    I keep my hatching eggs in the basement on the cement ledge,(old house) its about 55 degrees there this time of year. Just keep in cartons and tip cartons a few times a day by putting something under 1 side of carton. Yes you can keep them in the fridge but for a few days I would just keep them in a cool spot. Unless your house is 80 or 90 degrees I wouldnt worry about it.
  3. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    As long as your house is a moderate temp, not hot, you will be fine without putting them in the fridge. I tilt mine twice daily and they seem to do well [​IMG]
  4. Great, thank you for the quick answers!
  5. flagday76

    flagday76 In the Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    Carthage NY
    I left some sitting in my living room for a week, and forgot about them! I remembered about them this weekend, and cracked one open to see if it was had started to develop! AAUUUGGHHH!! The room temperature was between 65-75 degrees...
  6. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    You shouldnt put them in the fridge this has been known to lower fertilty in eggs !! Keeping them 55-60 is fine.

    Eggs cant start to develop in till incubated by either a hen or an incubator at 100.
  7. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    I've kept my eggs just on my kitchen counter for two days waiting for more eggs and almost all hatched and were fine. I wouldn't worry...just keep them in the coolest part of the house [​IMG] Good luck with them and hope you get your other batch tomorrow.
  8. I put all my hatching eggs in the refrigerator until I'm ready to put them in the bator. I don't do that for eggs that I ship to others but my experience is 100% hatches for eggs that have been refrigerated for up to 10 days. Remember the average fridge temp is about 45 degrees.

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