Will eggs hatch after being in the fridge?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by baddraw, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. baddraw

    baddraw Hatching

    Jan 28, 2008
    Yelvington Ky.
    I have a friend that I get eggs from. He puts them in the fridge daily. He has roosters. Just wondered if they would hatch? I'm afraid if I get started raising chickens I will get hooked, so wanting to get started churp I mean cheep before getting to serious.
  2. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    If you have a choice, don't use refrigerated eggs. But that said, I've hatched refrigerated eggs before. Just make sure you gradually warm them to room temp and let sit for at least one day at that temp.

    Also you might be increasing the chances of hatching roos with the refrigerated eggs.
  3. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Songster

    Hi,, they will and do, i wouldnt recommend setting them after 6 days of it,

    We hatched them as a test already at 4-5 days of it and had good results, we didnt try any over 5 days. this was about 3 years ago when we tried and we where amazed at the hatch rate from them 75% hatch rate on 100% fetility.

    Not bad for frigde eggs. remember this was a test and i dont ever recommend storing eggs in the fridge that you plan to hatch....But when in a pinch and you got eggs in there go for it..

    Charlie [​IMG]
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I have had people ask for hatching eggs and didn't have as many as they wanted...Had extra fresh 2 day old eggs in the refridge and they asked for those to try...warmed them up to room temps and set them in the bator...they had a hatch with them not as good as fresh set but decent...
  5. austinhart123

    austinhart123 Songster

    Mar 12, 2008
    Los Angeles CA
    They may but my advice would be to ask your neighbor for hatching eggs and get fresh ones.
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  6. sarah315

    sarah315 Chirping

    Jan 20, 2008
    My mailman "forgot " to call when my eggs arrived at the post office. They sat in my mailbox all afternoon in 25 degree weather and so far 3 out of 6 are developing!
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  7. coopist

    coopist Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    Midwest U.S.
    What everyone is saying matches my experience too. Once, I set a few eggs from the fridge along with some fresh. Fresh eggs - 100% hatch, Fridge eggs - 50% hatch (and almost a full day later). But still, it was better than I had thought...
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  8. beajaeger

    beajaeger In the Brooder

    Sep 12, 2008
    Dalton, GA
    I ordered 12 NH Reds hatching eggs and with priority mail it took USPS 9 days to deliver. Can I still breed them in my incubator or should I throw them away? [​IMG]
  9. mark3208

    mark3208 In the Brooder

    Aug 22, 2008
    I have had good hatches from eggs that were refrigerated for weeks.
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  10. Cason

    Cason Songster

    How many weeks?

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