How to store hatching eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cartersmith, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. cartersmith

    cartersmith In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2011
    hi,,, ive just recieved a batch of 6 silkies eggs which im going to incubate they have come throught the postal system so i belive i have to rest them for 24hr first with the pointy end down to let them settle....only thing is i cant tell the difference with these eggs both ends are as pointy as eachother so does it matter which way i put them???

    this is my 4th lot of silkie eggs as im finding difficult hatching this breed, so i really want these ones to work.
  2. Squishy

    Squishy Songster

    Feb 2, 2011
    I'm sure someone with more experience will come give you an answer soon! But in the meantime... I would think it would be fine to just let them rest on their sides! [​IMG]

    Edited to ask: Which way did the seller have them sitting in the shipping box?

    Edited again to suggest: Try candling them and look for the air pocket?
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2011
  3. texaschickmom

    texaschickmom Songster

    Nov 4, 2009
    Lindale, TX
    I agree... candle them and find which end the air sac is on. That end should go up. Good luck!!
  4. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    yes It matters ALOT!!! you need to let them rest with the big end up so the air cell can settle where it is suppose to be. Its very dont need to let them set for a whole24 hours, 12 will do and by all means candle them if you cant tell which end goes up...I use a MINI MAGLIGHT flashlight for candleing and they work wonderfully! Just be sure the room is totally dark and sit on your bed and pull the blankets over you and the eggs till it gets dark..(can you tell I am insane enough to have come up with that) LOL It works for me though. JEN
  5. When I get hatching eggs I will let them come to room temp (unless its summer time and they are warm when I unwrap them) and then put them in the incubator. I keep the turner shut off for 2-3 days, then plug it back in. Works for me. [​IMG]

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