Fertiled eggs in winter, but how long can they stay in the cold and still be able to hatch?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Eel Noob, Nov 8, 2012.

  1. Eel Noob

    Eel Noob Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2008
    One of my OEGB hen laid six eggs within a week now and will most likely lay more. My question is, if I was to leave the eggs in the nest box, how many days can they stay cold before they go bad? Because she's not done laying so she's not sitting on them yet. I was thinking about taking the eggs inside to keep them warm at room temperature and used some dummy eggs till she's ready to sit.
  2. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    If they eggs stay over 40 and under 90, they will remain viable. If they freeze, nada. If they get too warm and start to incubate, nada. Ideally, they should be kept cool (like 50s) and turned 2-3x a day until you begin to incubate.
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    If it gets really cold in the coop your idea with the dummy eggs is good. I'm not sure exactly what the lowest temperature is that a hatching egg can withstand, but room temperature is ideal.
    BTW, love your avatar!
  4. Eel Noob

    Eel Noob Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 28, 2008
    Thanks for responses.

    It's not cold enough to freeze the water so that should be fine?
  5. OrpObsessed

    OrpObsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2013
    East Texas
    What about 36 degree weather? I just collected a silkie egg today and its 36 degrees outside. Not quite freezing but still below 40?

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