how long can you keep a fertile egg before incubation

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14 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 can you keep eggs before they hatch?

  • I would say a maximum of 7 days. The fresher the eggs are the better. After 7 days they begin to lose viability, and have less of a chance of hatching. Make sure they are stored in the correct conditions, pointy end down.

  • 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?

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