Fertile eggs.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Joey8765, May 12, 2010.

  1. Joey8765

    Joey8765 Songster

    May 8, 2010
    I always thought that once a chicken lays an egg that it has to be kept warm and put in an incubator straight away? Is this true?

  2. arabianequine

    arabianequine Crowing

    Apr 4, 2010
    No eggs were not refrigerated in the older days even in the store I heard. If the egg is fertilized you can keep them in a cool spot for 3-7 days this varies with people opinions.
  3. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    No. In fact the egg needs to cool a bit after being laid before it will develop. But mama hen gets off her nest usually once a day or so and that does the trick.

    You can even refrigerate them before hatching. I just recently hatched thirty one out of thirty five turkeys from refrigerated eggs. My step-dad hatched ten out of twelve chicken eggs from a dozen I gave him of our sale eggs. They weren't kept for hatching specifically, but were just a dozen table eggs from the ones we sell. They'd been in the fridge three or four days at that point then a three hour ride back to his place.


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