I would not wait that long to set . If the eggs were 3 days old (oldest egg in the shipment ) then 2-3 days in transit and then a five day sit on your dresser . 11 days old when you set is iffy IMO . Shipping is rough on eggs yes but old eggs are iffy so 2 strikes against them . I predict disappointment at hatch time . I would set them after 24 hour rest and not turn them for a few days to help the air cells to stop floating around . This is offered as helpful hint not criticism . I have shipped and bought shipped a lot over the years . It is your money and your choice . I wish you good luck no matter which way you do it .
I thought about that, Jerry and wondered if I was setting myself up for disappointment. The oldest gather date is the 17th, but most are in the 20th-22nd range and they were shipped on the 22nd. She shipped extra because of the few that were older. She also did a great job of packaging them, so they weren't jostled around too much, hopefully.
I think I may just go ahead and set them Friday, after one of the trays come out to go into lockdown in the hatcher. I have a Monday hatch date for chicks, so I can ship out on Tuesday, if I need to - but these chicks are going to grow out here, so it won't matter when they hatch.
Oh...and I didn't take it as criticism at all. I have been working with the archives of the Club and have tremendous respect for your dedication and contribution to this breed.
Edited by samouw - 2/24/16 at 4:52pm