how long can a fertile egg sit?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Chickies, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Chickies

    Chickies Out Of The Brooder

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    my chickens are part-time free-rangers, and occasionally a hen will find a nice nesting spot in the woods (which we usually find, if a raccoon or something doesn't find it first)

    i just recently i found a nest with four eggs in it, and i'm sure they were all from the same hen. that makes the oldest egg in the nest at least 4, probably 5 days old. the weather's been pretty cool, highs in the 50s or low 60s these past few of days (hey, this is florida) and i'm wondering how quickly a fertilized egg grows an embryo--not being incubated, just chillin out in the woods. how soon do you have to refrigerate a fertilized egg to stop development?
     
  2. Jennings Gamefowl

    Jennings Gamefowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    usually 7 days... so if dont want to hatch them, then put them in the fridge soon
     

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