How to keep eggs cool while storing them

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jcinadr, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. jcinadr

    jcinadr Out Of The Brooder

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    I have read that if eggs must be stored prior to incubation, they should be stored cool for maximum hatch rates - between 40 (or 50) and 60.

    I am in Texas, so cool rarely happens naturally inside my house [​IMG] - was wondering if there were any suggestions on how to achieve this temp artificially. I had considered getting a wine cooler (if goodwill had some cheep), but figured keeping the eggs on a turner would not be a bad idea either - the turner would probably not fit in a wine fridge.

    I suspect if I really wanted to, I could use a pizzo electric chiller to slightly cool an insulated box - but was wondering if anyone had easier functional suggestions. I have several spare refrigerators - but I doubt I can set a compressor based system warm enough (one is a dedicated beverage fridge - so it is a possible maybe).
     
  2. red horse ranch

    red horse ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My home has in floor heat in all the rooms so I don't have a cool place to store them in the winter either. Recommended temp for storing is around 55 to 60 degrees but since I don't have a place like that I just put them out of the sun in my closet. I figure a hen doesn't store her eggs in a cool place before she broods them so I'm not going to worry about it either.

    I know the 'experts' will wince when they read this but I do what works for me! [​IMG]
     
  3. ccrane11

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    I have been told to store hatching eggs inside the cabinet under the kitchen sink. It stays cool enough. I have had good luck doing this until I am ready to put them in the incubator.
     
    Last edited: Sep 23, 2014
  4. HugHess

    HugHess Chickrack Addict

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    If people use water bags, bottles, cups and the like, to keep bator temps steady why wouldn't cool water bags, jars or cups help keep eggs cool in a cooler?
    Just a thought with total sleep deprivation from worrying about questions like these. Though I do love the learning curve that comes with it!
    The 'bit' that I can retain and recall at will that is!
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