Ensuring optimum storage conditions before incubation has a big impact on the success of your project. Eggs should ideally be incubated as soon as possible once laid. Hatchability is depressed by prolonged storage times and the effect increases with storage time after the initial six-day period, resulting in losses of 0.5 to 1.5% per day with the percent increasing as storage extends further.
However it is often necessary to store eggs prior to incubation which if fine, in the right conditions. Eggs should be kept between 12°c - 18°c / 60 - 75% relative humidity for a maximum of 10 days ideally in a sterile environment. It is also advisable to alter the position of the eggs by turning them 1 – 12 times per day.
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It is important that after refrigeration, allow cool eggs to pre-warm slowly to room temperature (or ideally 24°c – 27°c) over a period of 6 – 12 hours before placing in the incubator. Abrupt warming from 12-18°c up to 35-38.2°c causes temperature shock to the embryo and moisture condensation on the egg shell which leads to disease and reduced hatch rates.