Originally Posted by audy5000g
I ordered four different sets of eggs off of eBay. I got a little overzealous and now I have more eggs coming then I have room in the incubator.
Anyway, some people are telling me that when I get the eggs… To unwrap them, to set them in egg carton and let them sit for 24 hours. Then put them in the incubator.
Another person says to unwrap them and put them in an egg carton at a slant for eight hours.
So I'm weighing in here. What do I do when I get my eggs and what if they come on different days? I think they were all sent out today!
People treat shipped eggs differently. I believe what you do depends a lot on how the air cells look when you recieve them.
If the air cells are not detatched, but are wobbly, I would let them rest for 12 hours and then set them (in the incubator) upright in cut down cartons and not turn for 24 hours, then I would tilt 3xs a day for a couple days and see if the air cells have firmed back up. Once the air cells are firm, you can treat them as regular eggs.
If there are many detached air cells then its a harder call to make. Many people will set them (upright) and not turn for a couple days. Other's figure there's not much you can do for detached air cells and just commence with turning or tilting from the beginning. I've even seen people that will hold off turning for 4 days or more, (I wouldn't, but I've seen it.)
If you are luckily enough to have shipped eggs that have no air cell damage at all, you can incubate them normally.
I will say that I think either incubating them upright and tilting 3 xs a day or hand turning is much better on shipped eggs than automatic turners are.
As for getting them on different days, you can hold them for a couple days before setting. People usually collect eggs over a 7 day period for set before incubation, the only problem is that with shipped eggs, you don't really know how old the eggs were before they were shipped and you have to add the time they were in transit as well, so you don't want to "store" them too long before setting.