Question about storing eggs for incubation

michickenwrangler

To Finish Is To Win
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Jun 8, 2008
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Question: Do eggs need air before they go in the incubator?

I have 5 eggs saved (and saving more each day). I recall in STorey's Guide that plastic containers that hikers use to store eggs are good for storing hatching eggs.

They are in a plastic container in a plastic cooler on the enclosed porch so they can be at 55 degrees +/-

Do the eggs need to be able to "breathe" before being set in the incubator or did I already kill them?
 

Cindiloohoo

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Dec 19, 2009
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They're good. It's not an issue really, unless you like sealed them up in a Ziploc and stored them in the fish tank or something. Yours should be fine
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Doug the Chicken Man

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Aug 27, 2009
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I keep mine in a normal cardboard egg carton in the basement and have a good hatch rate. Right now I have 14 eggs under two broodies and all are developing well. 8 are due end of the week and the others are the end of next week. they were collected when the temps were about -10C. We collected 14 D'Uccle eggs and 6 Silkie Eggs the silkie were not fertile and did not divelop and all of the D'Uccles are moving like mad when we candled them on Sat.
 

Texasboy4ever

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You can store Hatching eggs up to five days at a temp of 55 to 60. But after 5 days the fertility of the eggs are questionable. How ever I have left mine in the coop for about 4 days and the temp dipped to below freezing. When I set the eggs I didn't think they would be ok but after 7 days I checked them and only had to toss one out of 36
 

michickenwrangler

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Ack! No, our house hovers around 85 degrees! I love our pellet stove but right now with outisde temps in the 30s, it's been waayyy too hot in the house, even for me. Heck, I could probably put the eggs in a box on the stove with a pan of water and heat them that way.

I just wanted to know if the eggs had to have access to air.
 

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