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How long do they last?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by greening, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. greening

    greening Chillin' With My Peeps

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    after collecting eggs, if i keep them downstairs in my basement, when is the latest i can put them in the incubator? they are chicken eggs, if that makes any difference.
     
  2. farmgirlforever18

    farmgirlforever18 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    around ten days
     
  3. the4heathernsmom

    the4heathernsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say 10 days maximum....the sooner you put them in the incubator the better your hatch chances..... [​IMG]
     
  4. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    After 10 days the hatch rates decrease substantially. But I've set 2 week old eggs with little difference. I haven't tried eggs older than that, but have heard/read of people setting month-old eggs with little difference. The biggest factor is how you store them.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:Some species actually do better if they are 'older'. I've had much better hatches with quail and guineas that were not 'fresh'.
     
  6. greening

    greening Chillin' With My Peeps

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    okay, they are a week old, and i will put them in as soon as my dang hovabator gets here. i didnt buy it off of ebay so i dont know who they are shipping it with and it has been a week today. and of course, they didnt give me a tracking number or anything. after 10 days, it says you can call and they will give you a shipping/tracking number
     
  7. valley ranch

    valley ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    That might mean they're not in a hurry to ship it.

    I've tried to get them in the bator as close to a week or ten days. I have heard stories here on the forum about extended times. With Trader Joe's I think. You'll do fine, your storing your eggs well and handling them kindly.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2011

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