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how to store eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spish, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    finally my chickens have started laying again, so im that step nearer to getting to try out my incubator!

    so i need to know, how is best to store eggs? and up to how old can an egg be before no longer being any good for incubating?
    i need 24 eggs, and am getting one a day at the moment(!) how do i keep the others eggs at their best?
     
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

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    I think you can go about 10 days after collection and it's best to store them at about 50f degrees. You need to turn them twice a day during this time.
     
  3. spish

    spish De Regenboog Kippetjes

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    do i need to have them lying on their side or big end down/small end down? or does it not matter as long as they get turned?
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I put mine in an egg carton on the kitchen counter, small end down, and prop something small under one end, then move the object to the other end AM and PM. Has worked fine so far.
     
  5. sonjab314

    sonjab314 Constant State of Confusion

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    What I do (if you have an auto turner) is plug up the turner on the counter (or wherever you keep your bator) and put them in the turner small end down and let the turner turn them for you. Mine normally are in the bator within 3 days or so of me getting them. If you do not have a turner, place them in an egg carton small end down and make sure you turn them 3 times a day by using a book or similiar height object. Every time you rotate the eggs in the carton, place the object (book etc.) on the opposite side each time. They start to lose their fertility after 10 days so the sooner you can get them in the bator, the better it is. Hope this helps and good luck.
     

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