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You really do not want keep them more than 5 days without incubation, after that they become weak and the chances of them hatching goes down by the day. Keep fertile eggs in a cool-humid storage area. Ideal storage conditions include a 55 degree F. temperature and 75% relative humidity. Store the eggs with the small end pointed downward.

Alter egg position periodically if not incubating within 4-7 days. Turn the eggs to a new position once daily until placing in the incubator.

Hatchability holds well up to seven days, but declines rapidly after that.

Try not to store eggs more than 7 days before incubating. A 14 day storage reduces hatch to near 50% and after 3 weeks of storage, hatchability drops to almost zero. Plan ahead and have a regular hatching schedule to avoid storage problems and reduced hatch percentages.

Allow cool eggs to warm slowly to room temperature before placing in the incubator. Abrupt warming from 55 degrees to 100 degrees causes moisture condensation on the egg shell that leads to disease and reduced hatches.

Start incubator 24 hrs ahead of loading to fine tune temperature and humidity settings.

Dirty eggs should not be saved.Slightly soiled eggs are fine. Do not wash dirty eggs. Removing the bloom triples the chance of sick,deformed chicks. Of those that do survive the hatch, mortality is high the first week.

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You should keep them in a warm place like on top of the dryer in a plastic container with a towel in it.

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