viability question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SLWyandotte, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. SLWyandotte

    SLWyandotte Chirping

    Feb 23, 2011
    Chatom, Alabama
    how cold can an egg get and still be viable? the chickens have a heat lamp above their perch but the nest boxes are on the other end of the coop. some of my girls lay a bit late and i gather their eggs in the morning. it is getting down into the 30's here at night. i know the eggs that freeze solid are no good for hatching but what is the cut off temp. i know it's probably not an exact science, but a rule of thumb for a sustained temp would be nice so i don't try to sit a bunch of eggs that will never hatch.

  2. oldorchardfarms

    oldorchardfarms Songster

    Oct 26, 2011
    When the egg is laid it should be around 105 degrees, with the cold you should try to collect eggs as often as possible they should be stored at 50-60 degrees, i dont know exactly how cold will make them no good but I collect morning and night and all of my babys are developing great, and we have already had snow fall [​IMG]

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