Should I try to hatch old eggs (final results)

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicks for better health, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. I have been collecting eggs since 2/20/09 to put in my incubator. Several things have held me up from getting them in there including a slow PO on some eggs that I had purchased.

    The oldest eggs were laid 2/20/09 and the newest today. Should I try the older eggs or is there to much risk of disease or poor quality chicks?
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2009

  2. onthespot

    onthespot Deluxe Dozens

    Mar 29, 2008
    Riverside/Norco, CA
    I would try it. The oldest fertile egg I ever put in was sixteen days old. None of the other old eggs were a problem either, they just didn't develop.
  3. Hens_And_Chicks

    Hens_And_Chicks Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Any eggs over one week start to lose viability very quickly - especially conditional based on the storage, including temperature.

    Personally, I would not waste valuable time on eggs laid on Feb 20th. In my humble opinion, they are dead - not going to hatch.
  4. morelcabin

    morelcabin Songster

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    But on the other hand there are those on this forum that have hatched supermarket eggs, and there's no way those were fresh [​IMG]

  5. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Songster

    Oct 18, 2007
    If you have room in the bator, by all means put them in whats the worst thing that can happen?? They dont develope, and you end up throwing them out. Best thing that can happen is that at least some develope. As long as they have been stored properly, give them a shot.. Who knows, you may be thinking about passing on the next show winner, just because its old.
  6. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess 10 Years

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    You have nothing to loose by trying to hatch them. Theya re not so old that they will put anything newer at risk. Go for it [​IMG]
    Let us know how it goes! Good luck!
  7. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

    May 8, 2008
    Sharpsburg, MD.
    I've always heard they don't lose viablity until two weeks. I think you're waaaaaay fine. Even after two weeks, the viability slowly decreases. Hens lay numerous amounts of eggs before gowing broody. I think it's natural to hatch an egg two weeks old [​IMG]

    I wouldn't ship eggs that old because added shipping stress would further decrease hatchability but I think they'll be ok.

  8. okiehen

    okiehen Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Nothing ventured nothing gained.
    If you have the incubator room, put them in you'll know in 8 days what you have. Keep us posted on how they do.
    Best of luck on your hatch.
  9. Looks like I am going to put them in. I have plenty of room in my new homemade bator. I should be completely filling it up (90 eggs) for my test run. Keep your fingers crossed I hope it goes well.

  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:I REALLY hope that's a typo on the year! Yikes!

    Go for it, just do the sniff test when you candle. Good luck!

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