How long can a fertile egg live untill i put them in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mark kim, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Mark kim

    Mark kim Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi the tittle says it all :)
     
  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    About a week.
     
  3. Mark kim

    Mark kim Out Of The Brooder

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    just 7 days?
     
  4. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've seen threads here on BYC where eggs were pushing 20+ days and still hatched.
     
  5. BantyRooster

    BantyRooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Seven to ten days is best. I've hatched older eggs but the viability goes down quickly after that. Make sure you keep them turned at least once a day until they go in the bator.
     
  6. monita

    monita Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have (accidentally) hatched eggs almost 2 months old but i wouldn't recomend keeping them around that long. as it has been mentioned they lose viability. these were my own hens eggs so i would not have been too stressed if they had not developed. shipped eggs i would make sure you put them in the bator as soon as possible especially since shipped eggs don't seem to have the greatest hatch rates anyway. sorry for rambling on like that ;p
     
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  7. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally, viability doesn't go down much until after 2 weeks; however, how you keep them makes all the difference. The recommendation on the turning is a good one.

    Here are a few other suggestions that will help them keep longer:

    Keep them in a cool, dark place ( like a closet). (55 to 65 degrees F)
    When in the egg carton, place the carton at an angle of about 35 degrees.
    saladin
     

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