setting eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by moncktj, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. moncktj

    moncktj Out Of The Brooder

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    how long will my eggs last in between being laid and when i set them
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Most people recommend a maximum of two weeks, but I have held eggs 21+ days with excellent results. Why that long you ask? I originally had one of the old Sears round metal incubators. I'd hatch a 'bator full, disinfect, and start again with whatever eggs I had collected while the first lot incubated.
     
  3. flockgirl

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    Wow I never would have guessed you could keep them that long and have them survive! I tell ya I learn something new here everyday [​IMG]
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Eggs were stored in an earthen cellar, approximate temperature of 65 degrees, humidity of 50% or better and were turned daily while waiting for incubation. Also, very importantly they were not 'shipped' eggs. That's another whole story.
     
  5. flockgirl

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    Oh so there is some care involved while storing...hmmm pretty interesting :)
     

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