What's the oldest eggs you've successfully hatched?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stone_family3, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only have 1 bantam laying and I want to hatch her eggs. So I'm wondering what is the oldest egg you've successfully hatched?
     
  2. casslarrabee225

    casslarrabee225 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Furthest I've gone back is 7 days and is currently in my incubator. So far so good! [​IMG] Good Luck!
     
  3. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    Oldest quail eggs 13 days these were eggs lost in the mail had 65% out of 38 eggs

    oldest chicken eggs 3 weeks old can't remember the exact hatch rate I think it was close to 50%
     
  4. tec27

    tec27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    4 weeks from my easter egger. 90% hatch rate.
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So it's possible if I start saving her eggs starting on the 1st I should be fine right?
     
  6. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Overrun With Chickens

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    you should be fine. Just keep them in cool place and some people like to turn them if your going to save them longer then a week.
     
  7. Patchesnposies

    Patchesnposies Chickens.....are my ONE weakness!

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    Once upon a time we were collecting duck eggs for folks who preferred them to chicken eggs. For whatever reason we had an over abundance and had filled an industrial sized tin can full of them and stuck them in a cool closet. My husband found them and decided to stick them into a spare incubator. I was sure they were too old. They averaged between 2 weeks and 1 month old.

    (Over half hatched)
     
  8. debs_flock

    debs_flock Overrun With Chickens

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    My oldest was an 11 day old chicken egg that had been in the refrigerator. No problem.

    Deb
     
  9. evenstargirl

    evenstargirl Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, this is very cool! Thanks for asking this question. I've wondered about this.
     
  10. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    Between 2 and 3 weeks for me and they had all been stored in the refrigerator. Ended up with an 88% hatch rate. Just make sure to turn them and you should be fine.
     

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