Incubating eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Brandi Leigh, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Brandi Leigh

    Brandi Leigh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Been thinking about starting to incubate some eggs from our Buff Orpingtons. But since it is rather cold here the eggs get cold very quickly after being layed. I figured that these cold eggs would not be any good for incubating. But I was wondering if anyone know what temperature the eggs can not fall below before the eggs are no longer viable?
  2. stevetone

    stevetone Chicken Advocate

    It depends on temperature and length of time at that temperature.

    I've clipped a piece from Aviagen which is about turkey hatching egg storage, but it should apply to chickens as well. Basically, the pre-embryos:

    • will suffer tissue damage with exposure of more than 6 hours at temperatures between 35F and 50F
    • will die at temperatures below 35F

    The PDF is here:

    Collecting eggs to hatch during the winter is a challenge. We are doing it for the first time this winter, and it has been tough. You really need to gather eggs every 3 hours or so to be successful.

    It doesn't make it any easier that their lights come on at 2am to promote egg production...
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  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  4. LukensFarms

    LukensFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 5, 2013
    Fort Collins, CO
    Here in Colorado I incubate eggs all winter long. I have successfully incubated eggs even when the temperature is about 20 or 30°. However, when I gather the eggs I touch them to my face, if they feel slightly warm you can incubate them, if they are cold or sweating then you cannot get them to hatch.

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