Just hatched 3 refrigerator eggs!

racuda

Songster
11 Years
Oct 1, 2008
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100
186
North Carolina
My Silkie decided to go broody, so I raided the fridge. I found 3 eggs that I thought were hers amongst the Cochin eggs. They hatched!
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
5,379
211
303
North/Central Florida
Nearly all of the eggs that I hatch spend time in the refrigerator as I accumulate enough for a batch. And they are washed to boot.

Age, more than anything, is what I am finding to be the critical factor. Over a week old and the hatch rate begins to sag. Over ten days old and it really starts to go downhill.
 

haTHOR

Songster
10 Years
Mar 28, 2009
744
11
176
Near Asheville, NC
i also hatched some, 3 or 4, last hatch. they are running around outside in my yard or maybe i sold them. i wanted to fill that bator! my refrigerated eggs were all 7-10 days old, from before i had decided to incubate.
 

rebel yell

Songster
9 Years
Jun 27, 2010
1,386
21
161
Alabama
the fridge is the best place to store your eggs, i have hatched eggs 2 weeks old from the fridge, just keep them turned once a day.
 

pinkchick

"Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"
13 Years
May 30, 2008
9,573
75
381
Washington State
That's AWESOME! Congratulations!

I have about 6 fridge babies in lockdown and today is hatch day. I also have layers that are 1, 2 and 2.5 years old that are happy and healthy girls, I get some of the prettiest eggs from these birds. DH just can't believe that everytime I set eggs I always raid the fridge to see if I can get some to hatch.
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haTHOR

Songster
10 Years
Mar 28, 2009
744
11
176
Near Asheville, NC
me too pink...seems such a shame to waste what in actuality are two or three or four more chances at hens! especially as i am trying to add to my black java flock so that i can actually MEET the orders i currently have...4 eggs from the fridge means 4 50% shots at more layers...

i don't sell refrigerated eggs of course, but for me, why not give it a shot! those hovabators sure are big and a week's worth of eggs just look lonely.
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