fertile eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by elite8, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. elite8

    elite8 In the Brooder

    May 16, 2010
    40/42 North Carolina
    My question is how long do eggs remain fertile once they have been laid. I let a hen sit on some eggs and today she just quit. What a shame...day 21. They got too cold. Now I know which hens had fertile eggs. She was sitting on a variety of eggs. I still have eggs from those hens that had fertile eggs. Will all of their eggs be fertile?I also have some that I had put in the refrigerator about a week ago. Will they remain fertile after being cold? How long can you keep an egg until you want to hatch it? Thanks for you time
  2. MuscovyMad

    MuscovyMad Chirping

    Dec 2, 2010
    The length of time an egg remains fertile varies depending on their storage conditions. I think it is somewhere around 12 degrees C for optimum storage with a bit of humidity in the room to prevent the eggs drying out. Also it is reccomended that the eggs are stored rounded end up and turned at least once a day for optimum hatching. I think i read that it is ok until 10 days. Then after that it starts to fall.

    As for the eggs that have been in the refrigerator i wouldn't imagine that they would be good for hatching due to the cold.

    If you own the hens and they are still laying you might be better off collecting a new batch and using them.

    Good luck. [​IMG]

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