storage of eggs waiting for incubator

Discussion in 'Incubation & Hatching' started by tegaily, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. tegaily

    tegaily New Member

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    I'm just a newbie, so sorry for this question, but where do you keep fertilized eggs until you get enough to put into incubator and for how long?

    Lynn
     
  2. Jeremysbrinkman

    Jeremysbrinkman New Member

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    Fertile eggs are only good for about 10 days. Keep them somewhere the tempeture does no fluctuate. In the 50-65 degree range
     

  3. MommaHen72

    MommaHen72 MommaHen72

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    tegaily I have the same question. 40s outside. 70s inside. The only thing I could think of was ziploc bags in water but there has to be a better way. ???
     
  4. BuckeyeChickens

    BuckeyeChickens New Member

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    Personally, I keep mine in egg cartons on my unfinished basement floor (about 55F)....if i intend to keep them longer than 7 days i make sure and turn them everyday! By turning them and keeping them in a cool place you can keep them for 2 or more weeks but your hatch rate drops significantly after 14 days....i've had 50% hatches after keeping eggs as long as 30 days.

    Some folks keep hatching eggs in a refrigerated wine cooler that can be adjusted to 40-45F, if I had one laying around I'd consider it as a viable option! NEVER put them in a normal refrigerator unless you know it's temp can be adjusted about 40F....research has shown eggs exposed to cold temps are not likely to hatch.
     
  5. LICHICK28

    LICHICK28 New Member

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    I keep mine in a cool room 50-60 * in a egg carton pointy side down. I tilt the carton from one side to other just a tiny bit every day until enough eggs are saved. I dont go over saving more than 9 days
     
  6. twentynine

    twentynine New Member

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    I keep mine in my shop with AC/heat set at 65* sitting on a spare egg turner.
     
  7. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    And absolutely do not wash them!!!! :D
     
  8. kitz

    kitz New Member

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    after storing these eggs for lets say a week then put in the bator will they all hatch around the same time?
     
  9. kitz

    kitz New Member

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    oh yeah how long does it take to hatch
     
  10. eqstrnathlete

    eqstrnathlete New Member

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    I keep mine in my bedroom, which is about 69*. I have kept them as long as 30 days and had an 80% hatch rate. It takes 21 days for chickens to hatch. They will usually pip the air sack around day 19-20.
     
  11. SilkieBoy

    SilkieBoy New Member

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    So can I safely store silkie eggs for the first egg it eill12 days old when I put it into the incubator !! I am turning then several times a day and I am keep them cool!
     
  12. SilkieBoy

    SilkieBoy New Member

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    Bump? How long can silkie eggs be stores for? 1 week or 2 weeks?
     
  13. chas84

    chas84 New Member

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    Best to store eggs for no longer than a week, if you keep them at 15 to 20 degrees celsius you could got for two weeks, but mark the eggs with a pencil and monitor if the older ones hatch or not.