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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Suzierd, Jan 30, 2014.
How long do eggs stay good for hatching on the counter?
Depends on the temperature and humidity of your house, higher or lower than ideal will lower hatching rates, but unless it is really extreme, unwashed eggs should be good for at least a week so. Usually you start to see hatch rates really go down after about ten days, but some eggs will still be good and hatch a lot later than that. When you think about it, hens that lay a big clutch will often sit on eggs that are 3+ weeks old, and some of them still hatch. To get the best hatch rate possible though, eggs should be stored properly and as short a time as possible. A couple of good articles on storing hatching eggs.
Thank you Kelsie!