how long can you hold eggs before setting? (in the postal system)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by hoppy, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    I have eggs being shipped that were mailed 3/31. today is saturday and the mail has been delivered with no eggs. [​IMG] so they will sit over the weekend somewhere and be left probably on the doorstep outside on monday. this will have them laid for at least 7 days (maybe more). so my question is this- what is the longest that you've held eggs that have actually hatched +/- the post office helping.
     
  2. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After seven days your hatch rate declines, but you have no choice at this point so I would go through with the incubation period and hope for the best.
     
  3. CityChicker

    CityChicker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It depends on so many other factors, including the temperature. I recall reading that Holderreads did a study on waterfowl eggs and hatchability began to decline at 7-10 days and continued to do so for up to a month. By the time the eggs got to a month old, the hatch rate was all the way down to like 50%.

    In their study though, it seems like the temperature made a big difference too if I am remembering correctly. As long as they don't freeze or get too hot, I think you will be fine with them being a week or so old.
     
  4. tingle

    tingle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought 2 dozen silver wyandotte eggs at auction and when I went to collect there were 4 dozen in the lot,I set 30 and waited for the hatch then set the other 18 I thought rather than waste them I had nothing to loose,by now I had had the eggs for over 3 weeks and I am assuming that some of them were a few days old when I bought them.I candles the eggs a couple of days ago and 14 of the 18 are showing fertile.
     
  5. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:that's amazing. I guess I can't give up hope yet (not unless they dont' arrive at all- then I'll be on here begging for new marans eggs.)
     
  6. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

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    I'm doing an experiment now with some eggs that were mailed March 19th and arrived today. I'm going to put them in the bator just to see what happens.

    I read in Backyard Poultry that eggs up to 2 months old have been successfully incubated.
     
  7. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:that's crazy- 2 months old [​IMG], I can only hope!
     
  8. tingle

    tingle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    please let us know how you get on with the hatch
     
  9. shortcake1806

    shortcake1806 Sassy McSassington

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    Will do. I marked them all so I'd know exaclty how many of them hatched.
     

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