Refridgerated fertile egg question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by wbruder17, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    If the eggs were in the refridgerator, stored big side up for a day or two, will they still incubate?
  2. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    I think so. what have you got to lose?
  3. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Well said. Just a few eggs. I'm not even sure if they will be very fertile. The roo is very young and so are the hens. I don't know if that makes a difference, but he's been doing the deed.

    The hens are EEs and the roo is a Mille Fleur D'Uccle, so I think the babies would be absolutely adorable!
  4. HighNDryFarm

    HighNDryFarm Songster

    Feb 2, 2011
    Paradise, CA
    I lost my whole flock back in February so I grabbed the 3 eggs from the coop that day and another 7 from the freshest out of the fridge the next day......all this before I committed to buying an incubator. I selected another 11 from the fridge that were up to 2 weeks old but they were blue so I threw them in. 14 hatched and several were from the "not a chance in hell...." eggs. So yes, they could hatch.
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Folks have hatched eggs they've bought from Trader Joe's , you know those have been in the fridge a lot longer!
  6. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Quote:You're totally right there! Well, Henwyn, my Austrolorpe, is now in the broody hutch, setting for her first time. I couldn't break her, so now she's going to do the job. She's my first full size hen to go broody. Before now, my silkie and banty cochin have been my mamas.
  7. mommywoes

    mommywoes In the Brooder

    Aug 21, 2011
    I'd like to know what happens... keep this going [​IMG]
  8. wolftracks

    wolftracks Spam Hunter

    Nov 6, 2009
    I think the ones I've had in the fridge hatched better. LOL At least most have hatch.

    I've also hatched out TJ's and Safeway fertile eggs.

    Good luck!
  9. wbruder17

    wbruder17 Songster

    Jun 7, 2010
    Portland, OR
    Does anyone have an idea about fertility with young birds? Like I said, the hens are obviously laying, and I collected eggs from the girls that he has been mating, but is there some time period where the "fertile" eggs are not as fertile as older birds? Or is it like teenagers, where they even LOOK at the opposite sex and can get pregnant.....hahaha!
  10. Beekissed

    Beekissed Free Ranging

    Not really....they are either fertilized or not. It's not like humans...hens will either be fertile and laying eggs or not fertile and not laying. Up to the roo, then, if the actual eggs are "fertilized". When you crack one, if fertilized, you should see a bulls-eye of lighter yellow with slightly darker yellow surrounding it. It's subtle, so look closely.

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