Storing Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by country flock, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. country flock

    country flock Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 23, 2013
    Is there any way to store fertile eggs from my hens till I am ready to incubate them or till one of them goes broody?
    About how many eggs would you allow a broody Silkie bantam to set on?
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    The best way to deal with a broody is to wait until you have one, THEN collect the eggs. You can't really make them do it or predict when it will happen. Your chances are very good with Silkies tho!

    I usually put somewhere around 6-12 bantam eggs or 5-6 standard eggs under my Silkies. Good luck [​IMG]
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  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Agree with above. I think you can store hatching eggs up to 2 weeks or so (don't quote me on that!), but it's best to wait until one goes broody.

    When hen looks broody, I keep a close eye on her. My criteria is spending 2 nights in a row on the nest. Until she does that, I don't give her the eggs I want her to hatch. I usually have some marked sacrifice eggs to tempt her and for her to practice on. If she's thinking about going broody, I start collecting the eggs I want to hatch. Once she's been on that nest 2 consecutive nights, I place the eggs under her. If you don't have all the eggs you want to give her yet, you can wait another day or two before putting eggs under her. Place the entire clutch at once, don't give her a few eggs then add more later. Doing that would give a staggered hatch and she'd be off the nest before all the chicks hatched.

    I usually put 6 large fowl eggs under my bantam cochin. I did have one hen hatch out 8 large fowl chicks, that was during warm weather so I was comfortable giving her a few more eggs.

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