Alternative Egg Storage Methods
Small End Up Or Turning
Dr. Inge van Roovert-Reijrink M.Sc.
After oviposition, hatching eggs are first stored at the breeder farm and then transported to the hatchery and stored again before they are finally placed in an incubator. The storage duration depends on the supply of hatching eggs, the hatchery capacity, and the market demand for day-old chicks.
Changes in the storage temperature, relative humidity, and gaseous environment can decrease the negative effects on hatchability and chick quality caused by prolonged egg storage. However, there are also some additional methods to minimize the decline in hatchability: storage in the small end up position and turning during storage.