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Question about eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jmc_123, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. jmc_123

    jmc_123 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    I hope this makes sense...........Once a egg is laid, how long can it sit around before it basically becomes unhatchable? I'm getting eggs daily from my ladies but no one is sitting right now.
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I think its 10 days or 2 weeks
  3. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Songster

    Aug 26, 2007
    Longmont, CO
    You should try to not let it sit more than 7 days, but it can still hatch for a week or so after that. Hatchability goes down after 7 days
  4. jmc_123

    jmc_123 In the Brooder

    Dec 29, 2007
    Knoxville, TN
    Thank you for the replies.

    I have some Dark Cornish, Standard Cochin and some Silkie mix eggs that were laid the lat 4 days or so. About 15 in all. I better get that incubator built..............
  5. I am curious......does this apply to duck eggs as well.....?
  6. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I my experience it is more valid for duck eggs. The shell tends to be thinner and more permeable than chicken eggs.

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