Hatching Egg Storage Period
for hatching are very perishable and their viability is greatly
affected by the quality of storage conditions. If properly
stored, the number of hatching failures can be kept to a
minimum. It is recommended that most eggs be stored no longer
than 1 week. Storing eggs longer will produce a greater
incidence of hatching failures.
maximum storage period for chickens is about 3 weeks. Some
turkey eggs will survive for 4 weeks, but quail will have
difficulty developing from eggs stored longer than 2 weeks.
Hatching eggs should be collected soon after lay and maintained
F. The eggs must not warm to above 65o F.
unless they are being prepared for immediate incubation.
Relative humidity in the storage facility should be maintained
at 70 percent and daily egg turning or repositioning is
recommended to prevent the yolk from sticking to the inside
surface of the shell.