Tempurature of collected eggs-preincubator??????

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by nccatnip, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    What temperature should collected eggs be kept at prior to going into the incubator?? I am having trouble finding any info.
    How long can collected eggs keep before putting them in the incubator?
  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Store your collected eggs between 55 and 65 degrees. They are best if incubated within 7 days. They can still be good for up to three weeks but fertility will diminish as time goes one. Turn the eggs several times a day. I have a book on raising bantams that says to invert the carton completely daily. I don't do that, I just keep them on a tilt and turn morning and night. There are many people who have stored their eggs to be hatched on the kitchen counter and some have stored them in the refrigerator. Stories of folks who have bought organic eggs from the supermarket and hatched some too.

    I think the universally recommended way is the first I mentioned, however, I usually try to duplicate the way a hen would do it. She lays eggs for 8 to 12 days, leaves them on the nest in whatever weahter and then finally sets on them Most hen have great hatch rates. With that in mind, I guess there really is no fine science to it.
  3. dhansen

    dhansen In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2007
    I just love it when someone else asks the question I needed to ask before I do. Thank you for the info![​IMG]

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