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How long can eggs be kept berore going into incubator? HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by roxysown, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. roxysown

    roxysown Hatching

    Jul 28, 2013
    Postal service lost my eggs. They just found them after 5 days. What are the chances their still viable?
  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland

    It's very hard to say. Do you have any idea how old they were before they were shipped? Eggs can stay viable for up to 3 weeks, but that's pushing it hard. I wouldn't recommend incubating eggs older than 2 weeks, max, but since you paid for these I'd say give it a shot and [​IMG] Remember when you get them to place them upright in a cool place (65*F or thereabouts) for 24 hours to let them settle before setting them. Good luck!
  3. roxysown

    roxysown Hatching

    Jul 28, 2013
    Thank you for the info. According to seller they collected on 23 July . there's no telling what temperature changes they went through while being shipped. I will try to hatch thank you again. Roxanne
  4. deejeff442

    deejeff442 Chirping

    Jun 27, 2013
    i had 6 eggs at around 75 degrees for a week. then i tried to incubator them .after a week they all had blood rings and were no good.hope you have bettetr luck.best to find a local place i think. never trust the usps,ups or fedex
  5. VaeCam

    VaeCam Hatching

    Jul 29, 2013
    Fertiized eggs should be stored at roughly 60 degrees. 75 is too hot. A basement is a great place to store eggs until they are ready to go into the incubator. Holding them no longer than a week is best. 2 weeks at MOST
  6. farmerRyan

    farmerRyan In the Brooder

    Jun 3, 2012
    Central Maine
    I think you should be all set. I have kept eggs for 12 days and still have some hatch. The time and the heat has probably lowered your hatch rate when they hatch though.

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