How long to keep eggs before putting in the incubator?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by NancyP1, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. NancyP1

    NancyP1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2011
    Upstate NY
    I am only getting 1 egg a day from my many days can I save them? Last batch i was getting 2 eggs, I put them in the turner on the floor, about 75-80 in the house, probably cooler on the floor though. Would the cellar be better, much cooler, but also damp. Last batch is in the incubator now, so I don't know what the outcome will be. I had last batch on the floor for 7 days.
  2. jm93030

    jm93030 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2009
    Most people says 10 days

    some hens will lay 15 or 20 eggs before they set on them

    If you have an automatic egg turner

    pu eggs on it,
    safe them in a dark cool area and collect as many as you can in 2 weeks

    than set them in tha bator
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2011
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I always say 10 days, but they need to be turned 3 X a day during those 10 days.
  4. NancyP1

    NancyP1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Thanks, I heard 7 days max, but was hoping to keep them a little cellar might be about 65 degrees. I will try the next batch down there.
  5. Arielle

    Arielle Chicken Obsessed

    Feb 19, 2011
    Massachusetts, USA
    You can keep eggs for as long as you need to just know that the percent that will hatch decreases; after 7 days, after 10 days; both are used regularly as these both have reasonably high hatching rates. after 14 it's downhill fast.

    Temeprature--50-65 is the best and high humidity is great for stored eggs as they should not be dried out; 70 RH is recommended. If long term storage, over 10 days, the colder temp of 45 degrees is needed to keep up the hatching rate.

    Found this all in a book about successful hatching.
  6. morgakl2

    morgakl2 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    Very good information!! I needed to know that. I was having a hard time trying to figure out if my hen layed 10 eggs over a course of 10-15 days, how the heck were they suppose to go in "lock down" together and hatch together. Wow, what a learning curve!! [​IMG]

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