How old can eggs be

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by debilorrah, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    When they go in the bator. I searched the site and learning center, and I am sure the answer is there somewhere, buried in the thousands of posts....

    We have three turkey eggs and one is 7 days old. Too old?
     
  2. Terri

    Terri Chillin' With My Peeps

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    deb, i think i read 7 days at the most too
     
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Put it in Debi..people have had eggs much older hatch.. Good luck!
     
  4. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Quote:REALLY??? I guess it can't hurt anything right? The bator should be here by wednesday. If i cant get my butt to work to pick it up!! I am so excited to start.










    What is lockdown? [​IMG]
     
  5. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Quote:REALLY??? I guess it can't hurt anything right? The bator should be here by wednesday. If i cant get my butt to work to pick it up!! I am so excited to start.










    What is lockdown? [​IMG]

    [​IMG] Lock-down is the last 3 days before hatch date....(i believe) where they say dont open the bator at all.. and you have to up the humidity also for them to hatch...
    A hatching guru will step in and know more... [​IMG]
     
  6. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

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    Also..i think that they do say 7-10 days for hatching eggs to be good...then the hatch rate drops...
    but like i said...people have put older eggs in the bator and they still hatched..you just never know..
     
  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    You have nothing to lose trying. Depending on if they were stored properly, eggs can be held for up to 14 days. I can tell you wild turkey hens set their clutch for 10-14 days before they start incubating. [​IMG]
     
  8. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

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    Debi,
    I found a stash of Pheonix eggs from my one pair, since it was just one hen, I knew the oldest of the 14 was at least 14 days old. I stuck all 14 in the bator and 10 are developing, so one of those was likely at least 10 days old when I put them in.
     
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    After 10 days hatch rate start to drop, but true most hens take longer than that to lay their clutch.

    I alway set mine every 7 days, that way hatch time is alway the same day of the week.
     
  10. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Thanks guys!!! The oldest egg is today 8 days old, so it will be 10 days old when we get the bator. [​IMG]
     

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