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

    Mar 24, 2008
    Northeast Florida
    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

    Feb 17, 2009
    usually 7 days... so if dont want to hatch them, then put them in the fridge soon

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