How Long?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Bosque, Jun 21, 2009.

  1. Bosque

    Bosque Songster

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    How long after a chicken lays her eggs do they go bad? I see lots of people who mail eggs. I would think that as soon as an egg is layed, it should go in the bator, but it also must take time for the chicken to lay a clutch before she sits on them. Can eggs be hatched a week...two weeks after they are layed? What temperature should they be stored?

    Thanks for your thoughts,

    Bosque
     
  2. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Songster

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    I think most people store them between 40-60 degrees F before they set them. You don't have to set them same day and I've heard stories of successful hatches after a few weeks.

    Here's a good link with some basic info.

    http://urbanext.illinois.edu/eggs/res22-handlingeggs.html

    Hope this helps.
     

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