Preserving hatching eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by carniven, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. carniven

    carniven Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,
    I ordered hatching eggs and an incubator from two separate sources. Not sure which is coming first, and I don't mean the chicken or the egg. How long can the hatching eggs survive after they arrive if the incubator isn't available? Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated by me and my two granddaughters.
    Thanks much.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    Two weeks from lay date is the max I would go. Turning them 3 times a day.

    Remember ya need to run the incubator for 24 hours to get the temp right before adding eggs
     
  3. carniven

    carniven Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the quick reply. I hope the breeder will provide the date with the eggs! What do I need to do to keep them alive in the meantime? Do the eggs need to be kept at a certain temperature before going into the incubator?
     
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2009
  4. sunshinegirl432

    sunshinegirl432 New Egg

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    I put mine on a towel on a cookiesheet, at room temperature. Don't wash them. Turn them 3 times a day.
    Good luck!!![​IMG]
     
  5. needtohatch

    needtohatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put ours in the cellar. Just make sure they don't freeze or get too warm. They should be stored large end up. You can keep them in an egg carton and use a stick or block under one side to turn them, changing sides it is under 3-5 times a day.
    Good Luck!
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  6. carniven

    carniven Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks, Everyone. This is quickly becoming my favorite forum. You've all been so helpful.
     
  7. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
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    10 to 14 days from lay date, max. I place mine in a paper egg tray, and turn just once a day. Always have great hatches. [​IMG]
     

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