Originally Posted by mire0042
Has anyone ever had a successful hatch with eggs that have detached air cells? Note to self: be cautious of buying eggs that require shipping from far away.
I've done lots of shipped eggs. It doesn't always matter how far they travel but how much damage they get. I let mine sit outside the incubator for 12 hours to rest. Then I set them upright in the incubator, always handling them extra gently!! I don't turn for at least 48 hours. Then I gently candle. If they are still detached you can wait another 12-24 hours. But I found that they really need to be gently turned by day 3. I gently tip them 45 degrees, 5xday. Around day 12 you can turn the turner on. If you really want them to hatch, it takes some extra work. Are the air cells totally detached (like they roll all the way) or just move around the fat end? Fresh eggs make a big difference. Fresh eggs will have tiny air cells, which will get less damage. Whereas bigger air cells will get more damage. If you can develop a relationship with the sender before hand, it's best because then you're more likely to get their freshest eggs. What breed are they?
I'm out of ovations...but thank you Turk!!