have a question how to store hatching eggs

sager:)silkies

Songster
8 Years
Oct 1, 2011
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How to store hatching eggs without them goin bad so u can incubate them a week or 2 later cause we all know u can't get 20 eggs from 1 chicken in 1 day
 

nurse_turtle

Songster
8 Years
May 28, 2011
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Foothills of NC
I store mine in a shallow baking dish with a towel in it and turn them over a couple times a day. The eggs I have in the bator right now had all been in the fridge for over a week before I got a wild hair to incubate them. All 7 are developing well at 12 days in. These buggers are due to hatch Sat the 14th. I placed another one from the fridge a couple days after these and it's developing too. It's a white leghorn egg that I pulled randomly from the dozen Dad collects from his flock. I also may have put in 1 button quail egg to check for fertility and yep, you guessed it, it's growing too.
 

pgpoultry

Songster
10 Years
Oct 16, 2009
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In egg boxes, pointy end down, in cool temperatures. I personally wouldn't incubate eggs that have been kept for over a week as the fertility drops off after that time.
 

crazycatfisher

In the Brooder
7 Years
Apr 9, 2012
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Everything I have read the coldest you can safely store chicken eggs is 50 F. I have been looking for a bit as I have a perfectly good dorm fridge empty, but here is the problem it allows the temp to reach 50 then kicks on the compressor and drops to 46. So I am afraid to put my girls eggs in it waiting for incubation.
 

Bryam

Songster
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Aug 19, 2008
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Ummm, I have kept eggs in the fridge and I was able to hatch them!! They were in the fridge for 2 weeks and they still hatched, crazy or what!!!
 
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chickengeorgeto

Crowing
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Dec 25, 2012
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Optimum temperature for holding hatching eggs is 55. Any hatching eggs held below 40 degrees will likely not hatch.

Hatchability percentages goes down over time, never up.

One problem with holding hatching eggs below 55 degrees is condensation forming on the shell. This could lead to the bloom being dissolved and the egg either suffocating or drying out too much.

During storage 60% humidity is not too much moisture as long as your eggs don't sweat.

After 10 days in storage hatchability starts to decline faster. At two weeks it really starts to fall. After 21 days you will be lucky to pip (not hatch mind you) one egg in two. That is if your eggs were stored in the most perfect conditions known to man. Setting twenty one day old hatching eggs is also when you see more birth defects arise in new chicks.

Hatching eggs should be moved but not turned three times per day

Failure to move hatching eggs while they are in storage will result in the embryos dying.

Always store hatching eggs with the BIG end up.

Keep your hatching eggs in the dark.
 
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