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Refrigerated Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Isabella, May 16, 2009.

  1. Isabella

    Isabella New Egg

    May 16, 2009
    Can you set eggs that have been kept in the frige? or do they need to stay at room temperature?
  2. Tripp

    Tripp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2008
    Munford, TN
    Yes you can I kept a dozen silkie eggs in the fridge and then sent them to North Carolina and all 12 hatched! So yes as a rule though I don't let them get older than 10 days thats just what I go by.

  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Quote:Ahhhh, the ever popular "fridge egg" question.

    Science says they should not be held at any refrigerator temps. Such temps kills the fertile germ. Optimum holding temp is 55-65 degrees and about 60-70% Rh.
    But each time I offer that little tidbit in one of these threads, someone pops on to tell how they took eggs from the fridge and hatched them. Just wait, you'll see....

    So why not? Give it a try!
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  4. pbjmaker

    pbjmaker Overrun With Chickens

    May 9, 2008
    Central Iowa
    I did! I did! 6 days in the fridge and they are growing - about half way through now.


    I like being the exception to the rule...

  5. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    I've heard of people hatching them from the grocery store.
  6. catfish

    catfish Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Greenbrier, Arkansas
    Quote:There was a thread on it last year.
    Someone hatched some from the store, I think they turned out to be RIR's.

    Good Luck.
  7. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2009
    I got some Foghorn Leghorns...




    Nine were developing, five hatched, four survived. Two boys and two girls.
    At the same time, I incubated a dozen farm-fresh RIR/BR X eggs, of which 10 were developing and 9 hatched.

  8. Momo

    Momo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2008
    Nelson BC
    I had a bunch in the fridge for 10 days, put 'em in the incubator and they all hatched. Maybe my fridge is just above the lethal temp?
  9. dancingbear

    dancingbear Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2008
    South Central KY
    Depends on your fridge temp. Typically, refrigerated eggs will have a somewhat lower hatch rate than room temp eggs, but it depends on many factors, such as: how cold, for how long, shipped/not shipped, fresh/not fresh, hardy breed/fragile breed, your bator/hen, and other factors.

    In general, I think eggs are often much more resilient than we give them credit for.
  10. The Wolf Queen

    The Wolf Queen Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2009
    Albuquerque, NM
    I just recently was reading a similar post and decided to take a wack at it. 6 or 7 out of 10 off the eggs are developing HUZZAH [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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