Storage Length For Hatching Eggs-What were the oldest eggs you have set?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Wyandottes7, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    I know that the general recommendation is to not set eggs that have been stored longer than two weeks and to ideally set even fresher eggs. However, I was wondering, has anyone ever tried setting eggs older than two weeks? If so, what was the result? Does hatchablity really decline signficantly or can you successfully hatch eggs that are 2+ weeks old?
  2. Jessimom

    Jessimom Cats Rule Dogs Drool

    Aug 21, 2009
    Southern California
    I collected the first eggs my silkies EVER laid. I have 4 hens, 1 roo. I set the first 25 eggs I collected over an 8 week period. I didn't date them, so I don't know which ones were clear and which ones didn't hatch. Of the 25, 20 hatched and are all healthy. 3 were clears. 1 was an early quitter and 1 died after day 21 - it just didn't hatch..

    So, I don't know how old the ones that didn't hatch were, but I guarantee that MOST of the earlier ones did hatch!

    I figure it can't hurt to set them!
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I've set eggs that I put in the fridge, for who knows how long, and they've hatched. I usually collect for about a week, but when eggs are slow, I collect until I have the amount I want (which could be a month or more). My hatch rates are usually fairly decent.

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