Ideal temperature for storing hatching eggs...?

Minky

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Ive been storing hatching eggs in my root cellar, but I just moved the outdoor thermostat inside, to check the temperature in there, and its only 6 C (43 F) is that too cold? I'm on day 2 of collecting-

shall I ditch all of them?
Maybe the basement would be better (68F)?
 

Yorkshire Coop

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I too would agree that maybe the basement would be better.

Egg storage below taken from hatching eggs 101 ~

Place the eggs upright in an egg carton with the FAT, air cell end of the egg UP! Allow eggs to sit in a moderately cool, somewhat humid place for storage. Basements are great. Moderately cool means 55-65 degrees. Rotate your eggs a 3 times a day to keep the embryo from sticking. An easy way to turn all of the eggs at once is to place a thick book under one end of the carton, and later remove the book and put it under the other end of the carton, 3 times a day. Before adding eggs to the incubator always WARM eggs UP slowly to room temperature. IF THE EGGS ARE COLD Condensation can cause bacterial growth on the eggs! You can collect eggs up until 10 days or so, but after the 7th day lower hatch rates may result.
Stored eggs take longer to hatch (about one hour per day of storage).
 

cavemanrich

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Ive been storing hatching eggs in my root cellar, but I just moved the outdoor thermostat inside, to check the temperature in there, and its only 6 C (43 F) is that too cold? I'm on day 2 of collecting-

shall I ditch all of them?
Maybe the basement would be better (68F)?
Don't ditch them, just move them to more ideal place. I'm not an expert at hatching eggs, but have read enough about what different peeps do. I also read and know of peeps that hatched purchased eggs from stores. Trader Joe's to be exact. Some stores do sell fertile eggs from local producers. They are intended to be eaten, but peeps did have success hatching them. They were from the refrigerated section of store of course. You can search out threads on this forum that will confirm what I am saying is true.
WISHING YOU BEST....... :highfive:
 

Minky

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Hi, yes, I am storing them pointy side down, in a carton, with something under one end of carton to tilt one way or the other, a few times a day. I am glad to hear that it hasnt been too cold, but I have placed them in a cold room in the basement now 14 C (57F) so I guess that's going to be better.
Thanks for the reassurance!

Thanks for all the information!
 

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