how long to hold eggs before incubation

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bantyman, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know this has most likely been put on here b4 but heres goes one more time Hold long can you hold eggs b4 incubating b4 they arent any good? I know the fertility rate drops after x-number of days but how long is that ? I have always held mine for a week b4 incubating and have had great hatches But I am not sure how long they can be held b4 they start going bad :|
     
  2. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if i am right it is 7 days
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I held eggs for 4 weeks and then incubated them. All 4 developed, and 3 hatched.
     
  4. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 WEEKS ? Is that some kind of record? I would figure by then they were dog omelets [​IMG]
     
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  5. Myst4

    Myst4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had my eggs in the refridgerator for 23 days before setting them in my incubator. I had 24 out of 28 hatch..healthy,active lil' fuzzy-butts lol.
     
  6. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ok that one creeps me out a bit
     
  7. Myst4

    Myst4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL..what creeps you out?
     
  8. kevin2010

    kevin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that you would actually put eggs in your incubator after being in the fridge for that long
     
  9. bantyman

    bantyman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont seem like they would be any good
     
  10. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I didnt keep them in my fridge. I kept them in my basement where it was around 50-60 degrees. I wanted to see if they would hatch after that long, and they did, and I even got a splash silkie chick out of one of those 4 week old eggs. [​IMG]
     

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