Winter egg viability

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by doxies1, Dec 26, 2010.

  1. doxies1

    doxies1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OK some of you eggsperts. Tell me about eggs layed in an unheated barn. (overnight temps now teens daytime low to mid thirtys/ With colder weather sure to come) What kind of hatch rate could one expect if they collected 2-3 times a day? My red buff hens like to lay early and my cortunix lay continually. I also have silkies or polish that just started laying. (got to get them seperated)
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    I think you would still be ok. If the eggs didnt freeze, then they would stil be viable. Now, you might have poorer hatch rate than spring or summer, but if you are collecting them relatively soon after they are laid, I bet they are ok.
     
  3. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    eggs can tolerate cold better than hot, if they are not frozen, your roo is doing his job, they should hatch as good as any other time
     

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