How do you store eggs before you incubate them?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chick lovers, Aug 19, 2013.

  1. chick lovers

    chick lovers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK I ordered some lavender orpington eggs and I am borrowing an incubator. But i want to take a few of my eggs and put them in the bator too how do I store them until I am ready to incubate them?
     
  2. loveourbirds

    loveourbirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    store them small side down in an egg carton, turning at least once a day. dont keep more than 2 weeks.

    its a little late to tell you this, but you shouldnt try to hatch shipped eggs on your first hatch - your setting yourself up for disaster. If this hatch turns out bad, do not get discouraged; it happens to the best of us. i will keep my fingers crossed for you [​IMG].


    here are a couple articles that will help you along the way, if you need any further help just ask on this thread - or PM me directly.


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/mushy-chick-disease-yolk-sack-infection-omphalitis
     
  3. LTygress

    LTygress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I store mine... just about anywhere. This last time I collected eggs for incubation, I left them on my desk. And the hatch-rate was still just as high as it usually is. Sometimes I get a basket, sometimes I have them in an egg carton.

    The important thing is that I don't leave them outside, for more reasons than one! I am in Georgia, so the hot temperatures can incubate the eggs without me intending to hatch them out. Or during the winter, they could freeze. But also, my mixed-breed bantams LOVE being broody, and they will hatch eggs back-to-back if they could! So I have to collect eggs every day to keep them from trying to hatch out the ones I want to collect!
     

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