How long do fertilized eggs last

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mystus808, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. mystus808

    mystus808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hen has been laying eggs but at a very slow rate, so i was wondering how long the eggs will remain fertile.
     
  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say 14 days or more. Because that's how long it takes a hen to lay her clutch right? [​IMG]
     
  3. TheWaddler

    TheWaddler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I believe I have read that it takes 21 days for a chick to hatch but I believe I read on hear that eggs can sorta just "sit" without much going on till the hen starts to sit on them all the time. Kind of like hibernation for a week or so but I could be remembering the whole thing wrong...maybe more will chime in soon.
     
  4. stampntam

    stampntam Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have heard 10 days and then the hatch rate after that starts to go down, I am new to this so I am not sure.
     
  5. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

  6. mystus808

    mystus808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you for all the help i guess i have less time than i was hoping for... only 7 days according to the website for the best outcome.
     
  7. Baralak

    Baralak Chillin' With My Peeps

    Now remember that is Ideal conditions... I have seen hatches from a few week old eggs before.. It all depends on how they are treated, as well as the condition of the egg.
     
  8. mystus808

    mystus808 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup thanks for the help
     
  9. pkw

    pkw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I butchered one of my roos in November. I incubated some eggs 10 days after I butchered him and I had a lot of eggs that he fertilized hatch with excellent fertility rates.
     

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