Hello Friends, How long I can keep an egg before going to incubate it? On Tuesday, My rooster died. Then today, my hen gave a egg and its about 9-10 hours ago. The temperature of weather is about 22C in day lights and about 18C in night. I am excited to go on the incubation shop to give a chance to their method. As my hen is not sitting on the egg already, so I could take the advantage of that work. My beloved rooster, as I said above, is died and I am extremely sad for him. Other than that, today I became happy that I still have a chance to increase his family with God's mercy. Straight forward few questions: - How long we can keep an egg before going to incubate it? 1 day? 2 day? Till what time it will remain fertile? - Can we touch the egg? because I read somewhere that touching or keeping the egg in hands cause harm for egg. Is it true? I would like to make it clear that holding the egg in hands is for about only 3-5 minutes for saving purpose. - In which place I should store the egg so that it could remain fertile? Right now, I stored it in a plastic bag. Immediate answers will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance for your precious time.