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How long can an egg sit before incubation?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Loriwellman, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. Loriwellman

    Loriwellman In the Brooder

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    I have access to 3 dozen eggs. some a day or two old. some that will be pulled today- I have 7 more days in this incubation run. Will they be good then? I don't want to add them now because lockdown and the increased humidity for hatching will be in just a few short days.
     

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    A general rule of thumb that many use is 10 days. A lot depends upon the conditions under which they are held. As a kid I had one incubator. I would hatch a batch, disinfect, and start another batch. Some eggs were held as long as 21 days. Eggs were stored in an earthen cellar - 50 - 65 % humidity and turned daily.
     

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