Gathering a clutch to incubate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Klwright1122, Jan 17, 2012.

  1. Klwright1122

    Klwright1122 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am gathering some eggs to incubate...how long can I hold them before I have to incubate them? I turn them everyday and am keeping them in my barn until I get enough to incubate...
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I suggest you check out this link. It has a lot of good information that could help you.

    Texas A&M Incubation site
    http://gallus.tamu.edu/library/extpublications/b6092.pdf

    The basic answer is if you store them in reasonable conditions, a week works well. If you take a few extra precautions as mentioned in that article, two weeks is OK. After that, you do start to lose hatchability. That does not mean that they are guaranteed not to hatch, just that the odds of you getting a good hatch drops the longer you wait.
     

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