Really silly question here..

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Momagain1, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    OK, I AM NOT hatching/incubating eggs...

    BUT we are having questions from neighbors...so I better ask..

    We have hens that lay fertile eggs; obviously I dont know which ones are fertile, which arent..
    so we just err on the side of caution they all are.

    NOW...how fast to chicks develop if I miss an egg and its being sat on for a day? with a 19-21 day
    incubation period; its gotta be kinda fast right?

    The temps have been way over 80 for weeks now...so add that in on I have two broodies..
    what are the chances of finding an egg with development in it..??

    If I miss it for one day? two days? if I get them ALl each day and they sit on my counter we're good right?
     
  2. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    Someone asked this the other day and I think it was 96 hours before visible development occurs.
     
  3. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    ok I musta missed that post! sorry!
     
  4. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    ok I just read that thread; thanks..

    BUT now I'm concerned lol..I never refrigerate my eggs...even the fertilized ones...

    now that thread says I SHOULD???
     
  6. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I always have, only because I grew up seeing eggs in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. [​IMG] I don't have any better explanation than that.... I just assumed I had to?
     
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  7. Hot2Pot

    Hot2Pot Fox Hollow Rabbitry

    Feb 1, 2010
    West TN
    You got questions, ask 'em. That's how we learn all this crazy stuff. Not everyone is on here 24/7. The eggs keep longer in the fridge.
     
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  8. Momagain1

    Momagain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 13, 2011
    Central IL
    hmm..I've not put any of my unwashed eggs anywhere but counter..and they've been absolutely fine!
     
  9. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    They don't refridgerate eggs in most European countries. They are sold on the shelves like other dried goods.
     
  10. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, you figure a hen can lay for a week or two straight, and then go broody after the last one, and the first egg isn't rotten by then, so perhaps they do have a good shelf life?

    To refrigerate, or not to refrigerate.... that is the question~!

    Good question though. I'll be watching for more input. [​IMG]
     

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