Many people don’t realize it, but storage of the eggs between the time they’re collected from the breeders and incubated can actually have a considerable impact on the number of successful hatchings that you achieve in your incubation hatching process. Often enough, people are careless at this stage, only to regret it later when they suffer considerable losses in the hatching process. Worst of all, they may not even understand exactly why they’re suffering the losses that they’re experiencing, and may repeat the cycle again and again, ultimately suffering too many losses to continue in the business, or at the very least, suffering losses that significantly cut into their profits.
On the other hand, correct handling of the eggs from start to finish during the incubation hatching process can cut those losses in hatchlings and considerably improve profits, so understanding how to handle the eggs, and the conditions that will best maintain their viability is crucial to the enterprising poultry farmer. Remember, when you choose the eggs in the first place, to choose eggs for the incubation process that are laid by the healthiest of your breeder stock and by your best and most prolific layers.
Remember that if an egg is too large or small, that it may not hatch properly, or may hatch a stunted bird, and avoid it if you have choices. Remember too that if an egg is badly shaped, it is probably the result of a genetic defect, and is best left alone, rather than being put up for incubation. Another important point is to ensure that there is not too much inbreeding among your stock of breeders – this is what leads to genetic problems and defective eggs and birds in the first place. All these things are important, but so is how you handle and store the eggs after you select them for the incubation process.
Remember that the best possible storage conditions include temperatures that remain perfectly stable at between fifty three and fifty seven degrees on the Fahrenheit scale. You need a highly humid environment as well, with humidity standing at about seventy percent or so. How you place each egg in storage is also important – remember that each of them is actually a nascent life form. The small end of the egg should always be towards the earth if you want to keep the young, developing chicken inside healthy. These are all things that, if you take care of them, lead to good survival rates in incubation hatching.