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Setting shipped eggs in my incubator step by step

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The incubator arrived and I have it setup.  It came up to 98.6 within 24 hours and has remained at 98.8 since 6am this morning.  I am going to be using shipped eggs from So CA and I'm in SW WA so I am hoping the trip is not too bumpy.  I did call my post office and they said they don't usually call numbers on boxes even if asked.  They said they would post a note.  It did not sound like she really cared and just wanted me off the phone.  If the box will fit in the oversize bins they will do that and leave me a key in my POBox.   I signed up at USPS tracking for email alerts.  Plan is for my son to check the PO tomorrow when he gets home in the early afternoon.  Hopefully they will be there as they shipped priority mail yesterday. 

Seller has given the following suggestions:
1. Let the eggs sit overnight before incubating.
2. "would not" use the auto turner for 2-3 days in the event there are some detached air cells from shipping/. Sometimes letting them rest without turning calms they down enough to hatch.

I keep a note pad next to the incubator and note the date & time of the temp and any noticeable direction of the turner to help me keep track.  I have never tried to hatch shipped eggs so this is a learning curve for me. Thought I would share my experience.  I will keep updating this thread.

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Laurie
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Looking forward to reading the adventure.  Seems like you are on top of things.  Don't stress too much

Jeremy- Left Foot Farm
Eatonville, Wa
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It is at freezing here, has been all night so there are very slick conditions outside this morning and more snow expected.  We had rain yesterday so it's a mix of snow and freezing rain.  The package arrived at the Portland sort facility last night so it should be on time for delivery today to my PO.  Just a short distance north.  Now just crossing my fingers we can get there to pick them up  hmm

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Are you able to get the temp higher?  I don't know anything about that incubator - if it has circulated air, you're looking for around 99.5 and if still air you want to be closer to 101.  You might be okay at 98.8 (don't know - I'm not experienced enough at hatching myself) but they will likely hatch late if they develop at that temp.  Good luck - hope the eggs arrive despite the bad weather!

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post #5 of 47

Looking forward to hearing your results.  Nice bator.  Hope all goes well.  Good luck.  Shipped eggs are a challenge.big_smile

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It is our first time incubating. My son built his own incubator out of a glass fronted wine cooler. All of our eggs have been shipped to us. To test it we bought 6 eggs and they sent 8. They sent the eggs on a Thursday. They didn't make it to us until Monday. It was COLD here. We didn't expect any to be alive. One was cracked on arrival, 3 never developed, 1 died early, 1 pipped the air sack and died 2 hatched, one lived half a day and died. Our one living chick is strong and extremely spoiled. Our second set of eggs was a group of 20 eggs again shipped. There were 2 not good on day 7. The rest were good except over half had the air sack in the small end of the egg instead of the large end like it should be. All 18 eggs fully developed but only 9 hatched. Many of the others had pipped into the air sack but I don't think that they had enough room or air to hatch. In each case we allowed the eggs to set small end down for 24hrs before putting them in the incubator. The incubator stays right at 99.6. In fact I haven't been able to catch it at a different temp. Even after you open it to add water it comes right back up to the right temp quickly, if you are quick the temp doesn't change just the humidity. We have the humidity right at 60% maybe we should lower it? We have two more groups of eggs coming this week so hope that we can do well with them. Best of luck on your hatching!!

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Im hatching shipped eggs also due on the 15th of march! I have done shipped brahma eggs before and none of them hatched but the aircell was pretty messed up when i candled at first i let them settle for just over 12hrs and put them in day ten i candled and all of them had no development decide to crack em open and they where just scrammbled eggs!! This Time when they arrived i let them settle for the 24hrs with the pointy bit facing downward in the egg boxes when i candle to put them it the incubator(one,by,one) these are the results i got!

Three seemed to have very small aircells that stuck on top but when turning the egg it moved!
Five looked to be very porous!(i haved hatched porous eggs before its just hard to see inside them)
Five looked ok with the air cell sitting perfectly on top and was a good size!

I am hatching only twelve Buff orpington eggs i would like to join you if that is ok what breeds are you hatching and what number are you hatching?

Hopefully both our hatches go well fl

Oh and by the way i have never heard of not turning the eggs for the first two days with shipped eggs?! I am on day two now and am self turning each day... Oh and i also do the note pad thing beside the incubator smile


Edited by chickenmadnessainmind - 2/24/11 at 7:58am
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Received the email from USPS that the box arrived at my local post office this morning at 8:30.  If the roads stay clear I can get them picked up this afternoon before the next storm. 

These are 12+ Cochin eggs.   Happy to have others to compare notes with ... lets hatch together  smile

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post #9 of 47

My eggs cam this am and are resting now. I have the same bator and will be setting my first hatch in the am. I agree about the temp.
You can adjust the temp on those. Mine is humming along at 99.7º. Humidity about 46%. Ready to go.

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Hi there! I just got 28 shipped eggs today. I candled a few, and I really didt see a whole lot of intact air cells sad. I usually set the eggs for  12 hours and get about 25% hatch rate. So I think I will wait 24 hours this time. We will see how it goes. I will happily report my findings.  I also have 12+ arriving tomorrow so well see how it goes!   Adalusn good luck!

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