hatching refridgerated eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by foxcove4, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. foxcove4

    foxcove4 In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    I had a hen unexpectedly go broody on me today. I'd like her to hatch some eggs from my d'uccles, but they are in the fridge. I know eggs can be viable for up to 9 days but I don't know if the refridgerating ruins them for hatching
  2. wyliefarms

    wyliefarms Songster

    Aug 19, 2008
    I am pretty sure hatching eggs cannot go below a certain temp/50* or so.

    So once in the frig then I think you are out of luck...

    A hen stays broody for quite awhile. Save up your eggs and then put them under her.
  3. BirdBoy88

    BirdBoy88 Angel Egg

    Dec 26, 2007
    I just hatch a silkie egg last week that was in the fridge for a week so i say give it a try you never no [​IMG]
  4. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio

    stored there than these outside temp. of 90 degress.

    Better stored there than in a room with AC,they remove the humidity.

    Turn egg 2 time a day.


    Need to add temp, of 55 to 65 I know a pheasant farm that store all their eggs
    in one set at 60 with a auto turner
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  5. dancingbear

    dancingbear Songster

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Lots of eggs hatch after being refrigerated. It was advised in some of the old time books about poultry that eggs for hatching be stored between 45 (43?) and 50 F. I've hatched fridge eggs. Give it a shot, why not? Besides, in the spring, hens lay eggs (and hide eggs) that go through pretty low night-time temps, then hatch them. I think as long as they don't freeze, you've got a good chance they'll hatch anyway.

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