I'm so excited, and also so disappointed ! We got 32eggs shipped to is the beginning of April. Aircells were split in quite a few of them. My friend with the incubator let them settle for 2 days then put them in the incubator. Of the 32,10 developed. 6 pipped yesterday, and as of today 2 have hatched. I was really hoping for more than that, but I will have to be happy with what I get. I think next time I'll order live chicks from GFF. It's not nearly expensive as I thought when I looked at the prove of hatching eggs and the hatch Rate we've gotten. Those 2 chicks have now cost me over $60 each!
LOL! I feel your pain. Yet I continue to buy shipped eggs.
My worst hatches: 1 dozen shipped BCM ; got 1 rooster (shipped from OK) and one dozen cream crested leg bar shipped from California- 0 hatched.
I continue to do it though. If you get 50% on shipped eggs you have done well. I prefer to buy chicks because at least you have something alive and in the end it doesn't really cost more.
Congratulations on the 2 that hatched. Many times shipped eggs are the only way to get what you want.
BTW, there are a lot of places/people/breeders to order chicks from. You are not limited to just GFF. They don't always have the best stock, though in some breeds it is the only stock. In the US, we are so fortunate to have many excellent breeders of SFH's. There are several on this page. Don't limit yourself!
SFH, Isabelle leghorns and lovely Silverudd Blue (formerly called Blue Isbar)
-Silver Ameraucana, Queen Silvia and East Frisian Gull. Eggs fall 2016.
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