Help me prove a friend wrong

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Ms.Frizzle, May 6, 2011.

  1. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    Long story short, I'm in a disagreement with a friend with how long eggs can sit before being placed in an incubator. He's being so disagreeable that unless I provide him with a scientific paper about it, he just isn't going to listen to anything I have to say about it. Could someone please link me to some sort of professional paper? My understanding is that they can last 7 days, 50-60 degrees F, large end up, being rotated twice daily so embryo doesn't stick. Correct me if I'm wrong, god knows he will.

    Thank you!
  2. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    They can last much longer than that. The fertility will go down after 7 days, but I have heard of eggs over a month old still viable and hatched. Even without "proper" handling of them pre incubation. He's wrong. So why do you have to prove it to him? Just curious [​IMG]
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
  5. Ms.Frizzle

    Ms.Frizzle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2011
    The eggs we got from his mom. They sat out in the cold and were from hens 3+ yrs. None of them are developing in the bator, and he refused to belive that these could be the reasons why, and instead is saying it was because I let them sit for 4 days. Its one of those defending their name things. I know what causes fertility drops, bad hatching, about as much as he knows about cows. Arg!
  6. SierraView

    SierraView Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not sure why he finds that so hard to believe. A chicken lays 1 egg a day, when she gets a clutch full she will sit and start incubating them. This would mean the first egg she lays is at east a week old. They can last longer then 7 days, you see people that have hatched ones almost a month after being layed. What does this man base his opinion on?
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    according to studies chukar eggs are good for 28 days more then a few folks wait until the eggs are 2 weeks old before they try incubating them
  8. cackydoodledoo

    cackydoodledoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2011
    Crazyville, USA
    I have heard of people hatching store bought eggs!! Imagine they are even older than a month by the time they get to the grocery store and they have been refrigerated the whole time!!
  9. josie63

    josie63 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 29, 2010
    My friend swears she bought a dozen at the gro. store, for got to put them in the fridge. She said she put them on her bator and hatched chickens.
  10. WallTenters

    WallTenters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 16, 2010
    Sweet Home, OR
    Perhaps you can prove him wrong [​IMG] Buy some hatching eggs that are at least a week old, and hatch them! We've hatched plenty of eggs that were over a week old, but we try to keep them under a week as there's no reason to incubate old eggs when our ladies lay more than we can handle [​IMG]

    Did you check the fertility of the eggs? Was there anything developed at all? Has HE hatched anything out of these hens?

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