How long can I keep eggs from collection to incubating?

sassychickengirl

In the Brooder
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May 21, 2010
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I would like to collect some eggs for incubation/hatching. How long is the max time I can collect before setting them? I know I need to store them in a carton large end up.... is that right? And no refridgeration, right?
 

ranchhand

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Aug 25, 2008
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Seven to ten days, then fertility starts to fade. I like to keep them about 50-60F, but right now, that's not possible here! Large end up is correct.

Happy hatching!
 

Gypsy07

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Feb 4, 2010
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Like ranchhand says, eggs up to a week old are supposed to be best, and fertility is supposed to start dropping off quite sharply after 10 days.

But I have had good success hatching healthy chicks from eggs that are up to 20 days old. I date each egg when I collect it so I can compare hatch rates for the fresher and the older eggs. Weirdly, I've found that I get a better hatch rate from eggs that are 10-14 days old than I do from the freshest ones. I can't figure out why...
 

ChickyChickyBaby

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Sep 22, 2010
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Quote:x2 - I would say with ideal conditions - cool temps & turning - 10 days.

Although I have set older ones, the biggest thing with older ones - they can go bad during incubation .......
 

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