Raising your own chickens can be a great way to have quality eggs and chicken always available. There are many aspects that go into taking care of eggs that you want to hatch in an incubator, from choosing good eggs, to storing them properly. Eggs headed to the the incubator need more than just a warm place to lay.
Store eggs in a cool, humid area. It should be around 55 degrees Fahrenheit and about 75 percent humidity.
Store eggs with the large end up. This may seem upside down to most, but this is actually how the mother hen would set it. The large end up and the smaller end firmly down.
Turn eggs daily. The eggs need to be rotated. Mark one side with an X and the opposite side with an O. Turn the egg so that the O side is facing you. Every 24 hours, rotate the egg so that the X is facing you.
Chart the days you store the eggs. Storing eggs that are headed to an incubator will last only seven or fewer days.
Raise the temperature. Allow cool eggs to slowly adjust to a higher temperature before putting them in the incubator. Incubators are typically 100 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit.