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how should i store my eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by miron28, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    i am wanting to incubate more eggs but can i store the eggs till i get more and for how long ? and which way should the eggs be little side up or down?
  2. Cackel

    Cackel Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    they say on here not longer than 10 days and you store them with the little side down
  3. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    i put my eggs little side down and i put them in an egg carton and tilt them different ways 3 times a day its best not to save them more than 7 days altho some people keep them for 10 days good luck
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 27, 2008
  4. miron28

    miron28 Songster

    Sep 8, 2008
    lenoir north carolina
    why does the little side need to be down and what if they have been stored with the big side up for a coupe of days are they still good?
  5. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Quote:Do you mean will they be ok if they have allready been stored little side up for a few days ?

    Yes, they should be fine.... Just flip them over (big side up) and keep storing them.

    You can store eggs up to 14 days, some tilt the carton daily others dont (I dont and have had great hatches)

    You should store the eggs about 50-60
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    I believe you will hear all conventional wisdom indicate that they are best kept at about 55 degrees and about 40-50% humidity, and they should probably be turned. I would guess that is true for best results. That said a neighbor brougt 24 eggs to me this summer that she gathered from a pile in her barn then stored on her front step for a week or so with no turning and varied temps and humidity, she asked me to put them in my incubator and I did with some eggs that I had carefully stored and turned. The hatch rate from the "abused" eggs was the very same as my eggs. They both hatched at 90+ % and that is 90% of the 24 she brought me. So go figure, I would get as close to ideal as I could, but not be afraid to set eggs up to a couple weeks old even if they have been in less than ideal conditions. I swear some times they are just meant to hatch and other times they are not.

    enjoy yourself. Watch your temperatures in your incubator very close that is one of the keys.

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