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Do I need to refrigerate fertilized eggs?

 
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I don't refrigerate my eggs; however, I just got a rooster and now they might be fertilized. I collect eggs everyday. Do I need to start refrigerating them?
 
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No, they will keep the same.

A hen typically gathers a clutch of eggs before she starts sitting, this can take like 2 weeks. If you eat em in 2 weeks I wouldn't refrigerate.
 
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Nope
You only need to put them in the fridge once theyve been washed because washing eggs removes the protective coating on the exterior of the eggshell.
Hope youre enjoying your roo! I love my boy he takes good care of my girls

edit: you should prob also refrigerate older eggs, too (once theyre not fresh anymore). There is a bit of a disagreement as to when an egg is no longer "fresh" but some say anywhere from 1-3 weeks. Wanted to add that in there lol!
There is a float test you can do to determine the freshness of eggs, which is supposed to be effective too

Cheers!
 
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Fertilized eggs need to be at 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit to start the process of embryo formation, either in an incubator or under the hen's butt.
 
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