How should I store eggs until ready to incubate?

chickenkerri

In the Brooder
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Feb 10, 2009
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My neighbor gave me some fresh fertilized eggs to put in my bator but I'm waiting for some other eggs to arrive from Ebay. Should I put her eggs in the fridge until the others arrive or will that reduce their viability?

Thanks Everyone!!
 

B. Saffles Farms

Mr. Yappy Chickenizer
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Nov 23, 2008
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No fridge. I store mine at room temp, in an paper egg tray, tilting it from side to side once a day. Also place the little end down. and you can keep them up to 10 days, after day that hatch rates can drop considerably.
 
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Chicken Woman

Incredible Egg
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Oct 16, 2008
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They should be stored at 55 to 60 degrees. Any higher than that and the developing process could start and quit.
 

Ridgerunner

Free Ranging
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Feb 2, 2009
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Although some people have had successful hatches with refrigerated eggs, the best thing is to keep them between 45 and 65 degrees. I don't think 70 or 75 will hurt for a few days. Growing up on the farm, we kept them in a bucket under the sink and had viable eggs. We did not have air conditioning.
 

Boggy Bottom Bantams

Crowing
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Mar 9, 2008
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Yeah,
I was gone say, who keeps an area at 45-65 degrees just to store eggs? My fridge aint much below 45! and my house stays at 70?
I keep all mine in the egg trays as mentioned above, rotate 1-2 times daily, and just keep them in the house at a decent room temp, true dont let it get to 80-85 degrees in there, but a 70 degree house is just perfect for a week or so. done it that way for many a year.
Aubrey
 
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Smoky73

Lyon Master
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Feb 8, 2007
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I put refridgerated Ameraucana eggs in the incubator at the beginning of March just for the heck of it and they are growing just as well as the others.
 

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