How long are eggs good in nestin box until u collect them

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by McClellan_Coop, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. McClellan_Coop

    McClellan_Coop Out Of The Brooder

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    How long can I wait to collect my eggs out of the nesting bo before they go bad?
     
  2. loanwizard

    loanwizard Chillin' With My Peeps

    2 to 3 days at least unless it is really hot.
     
  3. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on the temperature - if it's really hot, not more than a day or two. If it's cold, they can last much longer, like a week. Also, if you have a rooster, keep in mind that hot temperatures can start the eggs developing.
     
  4. Johnn

    Johnn Overrun With Chickens

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    I collect myne every 3 days, dont really care about the weather...
     
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    It would have to be REALLY hot for the eggs to start developing. [​IMG]
     
  6. Happy Chooks

    Happy Chooks Moderator Staff Member

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    100 degree days are pretty common here in CA. Just got home last night from a weekend away - I collected eggs and since it's been in the 90's all weekend, I cracked them so I could throw them away and check fertility. I had about a handful that had started development. Not an embryo yet, but still developing.
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Oh, yeah, 2-3 days at 100 degrees or more could definitely start development.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Wow...I'd wondered about that (the temp. thing in fert. eggs). Because I sometimes let my eggs sit for 2-3 days before collecting.
     

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