Questions about eggs because Im out of it.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Countrypunk92, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Countrypunk92

    Countrypunk92 Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Portland, tennessee
    Im having an off day.. I got an egg this morning and wont have an incubator till saturday. Hoe long will it be fertle? And how.

  2. chickenlovefever

    chickenlovefever Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    The length of time a fertile eggs (You have to have a rooster for a fertile egg) remains viable dpends on in which it is stored. For the best chances of hatchability, collect all of your eggs you will incubate and immediately store in a COOL temp, as they will keep longer that being stored in nest boxes.The correct storing temperature is 51-56 degrees F. This keeps the egg cells dormant, and basically freezes germination. So you can keep your egg up until you get your bator. [​IMG]
  3. LunarRayne

    LunarRayne Chirping

    Apr 23, 2011
    SW Arkansas
    I only have the one hen that lays and we waited 7 days before we put them in an incubator in order to get 7 eggs. They are hatching now, so it should be fine until Saturday.
  4. FeatheredObsessions

    FeatheredObsessions Songster

    May 24, 2010
    7 days or less would be best. 10 possibly but declining from there on out. Rotating it just like if it where in the incubator would help too.

  5. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Up to 14 days with little loss in hatchability. I have routinely held eggs as long as three weeks and still maintained high hatchability. Just look at how long it takes a hen to build a clutch of eggs prior to setting-- sometime far in excess of 3 weeks.

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