Tell me about collecting the eggs!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Beratzlaff, Feb 5, 2015.

  1. Beratzlaff

    Beratzlaff In the Brooder

    Feb 26, 2014
    Spokane Washington
    I have ducks not chickens but from what I understand it is the same process. I would like to know what rules to follow when collecting eggs from my hens to hatch them. How long can they sit out? How old should they be? How do I know if the egg is able to hatch or not? Will i be able to collect eggs to eat now that I have a drake? I dont understand this process!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Yes, the eggs are edible even in fertile - the embryo will not develop until the egg is incubated. Do a forum search on 'bullseye fertility' and threads showing the appearance of fertile eggs will come up. Most recommend holding eggs no longer than 10 days prior to incubation, but under proper conditions they can in my experience be held far longer if stored at around 60 - 70 F, minimum of 50% humidity, and turned daily. Good luck with the collecting, holding, and incubation.
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

    Oct 11, 2014
    Gouverneur, NY
    Here is the fertility pics that sourland is talking about:
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