So, my eggs finally arrived today! We are starting with 14 Ancona duck eggs. I read that we have to wait 24 hours before putting them in the incubator, is this correct?
First time incubating - so excited!!
Yes, that's what most people seem to do with shipped eggs to allow them to settle after shipping. I would do as Kroelies suggested and candle them all as well to check for air cell damage and shallow cracks that might not be visible otherwise, just to assess their condition and see if you need to provide any further special care for any of them. If you do a search for "shipped eggs" or "damaged air cells" on here you should find alot of information about shipped eggs and what to do if any of them have damaged or loose air cells. Good luck with your hatch! :)
Yesterday was day 7 in the incubator, so we candled them. This is the first time we've done this, so I'm really not sure what to look for. The eggs are still pretty dirty with some caked on mud which is now hard like cement, so it is hard to see through all of them, but we did see veins on at least two eggs. Here are pictures of some of our eggs. Please let me know if everything looks normal, and also how to tell if the humidity is good. Thank you!