holding eggs before incubating them

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by FLURRYOFTEXAS, Jun 14, 2011.


    FLURRYOFTEXAS Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 3, 2011
    how long can you hold on to eggs before they go bad ... i only get 12 eggs a day and i am afraid to keep them longer than 4 day before i try to incubate them,
  2. chickensinwasillaAK

    chickensinwasillaAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2011
    Wasilla Alaska
    Most ppl go a week to 10 days but you need to keep them cool but not refridgerated. Be sure to keep pointy side down and turn them a few times a day side to side
  3. Delmar

    Delmar Chillin' With My Peeps

  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    [​IMG] I have kept eggs for up to 10 days. I have kept eggs for up to 10 days at 65 to 70 degrees before I have put them in the incubator and also on my counter in a room where the temp stays around 80 degrees. My hatches have had the same success rate except the eggs stored at the warmer temp hatched earlier. Usually I collect the eggs I want to hatch for 3 or 4 days then put them in the incubator. The longer they set out the less viable they can become so I don't set any eggs that I have collected beyond 10 days and usually it is within 5 days. I don't handle the eggs too much. I usually candle at day 10 and again at day 18 when I take them out of the turner and set them for hatching. Good luck and have fun!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Well, if you think about how a hen does it......she lays usually an egg a day for several days, most hens it's at least seven. Then they start sitting. So, she's sitting on a seven day old egg, a six day old egg......you get the picture. And anyone who's been suprised by a broody they didn't know was broody emerging with a little flock of chicks can tell you many times they would have sworn the weather was too hot or cold for those eggs to be any good. They're remarkably durable, it's the way they're designed. So I'd say you could hold them several days before setting them in the incubator.
  6. meagain

    meagain Out Of The Brooder

    May 15, 2011
    I only wait for 7 days to put mine in the incubator

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