how long can you keep a fertile egg before incubation

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24 days

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  • Can you store fertile eggs before incubation?

  • By choice a hen will use a quiet, clean place to set her clutch. If for any reason you need to store your fertile eggs for a few days before incubating, copy that instinct. Although you won’t be able to see it, bacteria can lurk in storage containers.

  • How long are fertile eggs good for?

  • Fertile eggs are generally good up to 7 days. They can be kept for up to 10 days but viability starts dropping rapidly after 7. I myself will keep eggs for 6 days then set them.

  • How long does it take for eggs to hatch after incubation?

  • Hatch-ability drops off considerable after 14 days so you should aim to set you stored fertile eggs in and incubator or under a broody hen within two weeks of the being laid. How can you tell if eggs are fertile before incubation?

  • When is the best time to incubate eggs?

  • Wherever possible, begin incubation immediately after that. Advice about how long eggs will remain fertile varies. In reality, the longer they’re left, the less fertile they become.

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