How long can eggs be stored before incubating?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Egglehoff, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Egglehoff

    Egglehoff New Egg

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    Hi, I have been lent an incubator for 48 eggs but only have 14 hens at present. I just built a new coop to triple my flock. How long can I store eggs before I put them into the incubator. I would like to try to put all 48 eggs at once to maximize my hatch but am only getting like 8 - 10 eggs per day.

    Also, any recommendations on how eggs should be stored pending incubation?

    Thanks
     
  2. Lucky1

    Lucky1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For the best hatch rate you should not hold your eggs for more than 7-10 days. You put them pointy side down in an egg carton and turn them 1-2 times a day, more if you have the time.
     
  3. Egglehoff

    Egglehoff New Egg

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    Thanks Lucky1

    Do I refrigerate the eggs prior to incubating or just keep them at room temperature?
     
  4. Lucky1

    Lucky1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    NEVER put eggs you want to use for hatching in the fridge. The cold temperatures kill the embryo after just a couple of hours.. Set them at room temperature or 50-60 degrees (55 being optimal) :)
     

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