Choosing And Storing Eggs Before Incubation

Before Incubation

It is important for eggs that are not to be incubated straight away to be stored correctly.

The Eggs

  • Cracked, poorly shaped, soiled, thin shelled, unusually large or unusually small eggs should not be kept for incubation.
  • Only select clean and undamaged eggs for incubation.
  • Eggs should not be washed.
  • Try not to handle the eggs too frequently.
  • When handling eggs make sure that hands are washed to avoid bacterial contamination.
  • Before incubation eggs can be stored for up to 7 days.
  • When storing eggs before incubating, make sure that they are kept at a constant temperature of 13-18 degrees Celsius or 55-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Do not store the eggs at ordinary room temperature or in a refrigerator.
  • Avoid placing the eggs in a draft when in storage before incubation.
  • Store eggs with the small end facing down.
  • Try to keep the eggs at the correct humidity prior to incubation which is a humidity of 70-80%.
  • Make sure the stored eggs are turned twice daily before they are incubated.
  • Keep the stored eggs in an egg carton and prop up one end at a 35 degree angle.


Check out the following books about incubating and hatching eggs.

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