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I'm eyeballing my refrigerated eggs!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by little_grey_bantam, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Russell County
    Has anyone hatched refrigerated eggs before? I keep reading on here and I get all excited lol My little bantam had laid and egg, but I forgot and stuck it in the fridge... and then ate it and then freaked out! lol How old before these refrigerated eggs won't hatch, err, expire from being hatched?

    Also, how long can you hold an unrefrigerated egg? I've been hoarding eggs (you all know you do it!) all week and have some eggs that are reaching 2 weeks (waiting for the incubator to hurry and set at the right temperature! I wish I had a chicken's butt; I'd hatch eggs myself!).

  2. kelseygirl707

    kelseygirl707 Dances with Chickens

    Mar 3, 2009
    Lakeport, Ca.
    I've read that people have hatched the Refrigerated Trader Joes Fertile eggs, I think they said the ones processed 3 days before incubation hatched but the one processed 12 days before didn't so I would try them if they havn't been refrigerated too long, maybe not over a week?
  3. xpButtercup

    xpButtercup Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    Eaton County, MI
    I know it -- once I read that, I had to raid the fridge. [​IMG]

    Best of luck to you! I think my biggest problem is that I'd already washed (wiped with a damp cloth) the eggs I'd most wanted to try and incubate.

    But it's really tempting to go see what's in the coop this evening and add them to my ready-to-go carton!
  4. little_grey_bantam

    little_grey_bantam Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Russell County
    Quote:LOL, last year I had 13 dozen eggs sitting on the kitchen counter and whenever my boyfriend walked by, he'd eyeball them and I'd be like *jumps out like ninja* "DON'T YOU THINK ABOUT EGGROLLS! LOL"

    Last month I had about 6-10 dozen eggs and now I have 3 in the fridge at one house, 1 1/2 dozen in farm fridge and about 4 "incubator" dozens LOL [​IMG]
  5. banter

    banter Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Up in chilly Maine I've had eggs I've saved in my pantry for a few days, which has got down to 45 degrees, and eggs from the barn in March, which have gone to almost freezing at night, and they hatched healthy chicks. If your expectations are not to high-go for it. Just bring the eggs up to room temp first.
  6. roosty

    roosty Songster

    Jul 3, 2008
    Quote:I have hatched eggs out of my fridge. They were in there about a week before I decided to put them in the bator. All hatched just fine. Ive heard that it wouldnt work but I had no problem. I dont normally refrigerate eggs Im going to hatch, this was a one time thing and it worked.

    I would say 2 weeks is max on the unrefrigerated eggs if your hatching them yourself. Now if your shipping thats another story.
  7. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    I hatched 4 chicks out of eggs that had been washed and then refrigerated for 5 days at 37 degrees. It works sometimes.

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