How should I store eggs until ready to incubate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chickenkerri, Mar 11, 2009.

  1. chickenkerri

    chickenkerri Out Of The Brooder

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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!! [​IMG]
     
  2. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    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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  3. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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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.
     
  4. chickenkerri

    chickenkerri Out Of The Brooder

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    Does this still work even if she already refrigerated some of them?
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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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.
     
  6. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
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    Mine are stored at around 70 to 75, for up to 7 days, and I havent had any problems yet. [​IMG]
     
  7. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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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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  8. chickenkerri

    chickenkerri Out Of The Brooder

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    So should I put the cold ones back in the fridge and leave the other out? Or leave them all out?
     
  9. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd just leave them all out
    Fridges can get too cold at times and possibly freeze them
     
  10. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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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. [​IMG]
     

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