How long do they keep?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by smith76, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. smith76

    smith76 Chirping

    Jun 21, 2013
    My Pumpkin Hulsey hens recently started laying good so I collected a batch of eggs and started incubating them. In the meantime my hens are still laying and I keep collecting the eggs daily. I guess my question is how long will my fertile hatching eggs stay fertile. I keep them undisturbed at about 65 or 70 degrees constantly.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Most people will recommend a maximum holding time of 10 days. Way back in the dark ages I had an old Sears metal incubator - one incubator. I would run a 21 day hatch, disinfect, refill and start over again. I stored eggs in an earthen cellar roughly same temps as you, approx. 50 % humidity minimum, and turned eggs daily. Viability decreased the older the eggs were, but frequently I hatched eggs that were held up to three weeks. Stop and think about how long it can take a hen to lay a broody clutch. Fresher is surely better, but if circumstances demand give older eggs a try. Worst case scenario - they will not develop and can be eliminated at first candling.

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