Storage of the Avian Embryo
Storage Before Artificial Incubation
Dr. Inge van Roovert-Reijrink M.Sc.
In practice, longer storage periods are sometimes unavoidable. It is common known that eggs of young breeder flocks are better suitable for prolonged storage periods than eggs of older breeder flocks, because albumen quality in eggs of younger breeder flocks is higher.
In nature, storage periods of more than 7 days are common as well, because a hen starts incubation when all eggs of a clutch are laid. Nevertheless the detrimental effects of prolonged storage perods in nature seem to be less than in artificial incubation. Consequently an interesting question is: what is the difference between storage in nature and storage before artificial incubation?