incubating eggs after refrigerating

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Tank1, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. Tank1

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    CuIf your eggs have been in the refrigerator can you still put in an incubator for hatching? If not what is maximum wait time?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I have some Silkie eggs cooking in my incubator that I had put in the fridge. I set 7 and 3 have developed and are doing well. The other 4 were clear, so I'm guessing they weren't fertile to begin with. The general rule of thumb is they can be held for 7 days before being set. Store them in a cool, humid place and turn them at least 3x's a day. I've had 2 week old eggs hatch though, and there's an entire thread about people hatching eggs from Trader Joes...
    Nikki
     
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  3. RWise

    RWise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Folks have hatched "fertile" eggs from whole foods as well. 16+ days old and had good hatches!
     
  4. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have done a few batches of refrigerated eggs and find I usually get about a 65% hatch rate.
     
  5. Tank1

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    Thanks
     
  6. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    So, just go to the market..and there is a possibility of some eggs developing when set?

    Wait, would make sense .. someone said whole food? Like at a health food store?
     
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  7. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    You want to make sure you get fertile eggs. They'll be marked fertile on the box....
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  8. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    Thank you for replying. I am going to have to look for these eggs. No shipping, and my guess, nice layers. :)
     
  9. RWise

    RWise Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The whole foods near me no longer has fertile eggs, maybe some do.
     

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