How long do eggs last before they need to be put into and incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by americana-chick, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    I have someone comign down on Friday or Sunday and at the most it will be 5 days the eggs will be sitting in my basement. I didnt want to put them in the fridge so i found the coolest place possible without it getting to cold for the eggs. I was wondering how long will they last down there before they wont be suitable for hatching? This is for this girls science project and i want her hatch to be great!
  2. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    as long as you turn (lift one side or the other at least once daily)
    they say you can get good hatches up to a week or longer.
    But some hens lay for 3 weeks before starting to set.
  3. apsmacart

    apsmacart New Egg

    Jan 26, 2010
    [​IMG] I have had eggs that were kept cool that were out for 7 days that hatched.
    My understanding is that the longer you wait the worse your hatch rate is.
  4. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    I had some that were 7 days old when they were shipped (she sent them as extras just for me to try and hatch). The "old" ones all hatched.
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    About a week old is optimal, but in ideal lab egg storage systems, up to 3 weeks can still give you about 50% of the chicks.
  6. bigdawg

    bigdawg AA Poultry

    Jun 28, 2009
    middle tenn
    i hatched out some that were 11 days old. silkies. had a good hatch
  7. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2008
    At what temperature should the eggs be while waiting? I know some people put there eggs in the fridge and will still get a pretty decent hatch (i have done this before) but i want the best quality hatch possible for these people. Would a 70-80 degree room work ok?
  8. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    nope on the 70-80 room. I read to keep em between 40 and 60 is best.

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