Originally Posted by appps
Do any of you hatch in egg cartons? Last year (same breeder) I had five I think from memory, fully formed but never hatched. I'm wondering, after seeing the loose air cell on the one under my broody, if it was due to detached air cells being in the wrong place.
I've been reading on hatching shipped eggs in egg cartons and thought this might help but want to get it right. So I don't actually put them in upright at lockdown do I? I'm thinking it would need to be on a slight angle with the air cell sort to the top?
There are a few causes for ' quitters ' , could be temperature related, handling and even upper respiratory issues in the parent flock. Shipped eggs are always a little risky.
I always store eggs pointy end down, below 16 degrees and no longer than 10 days.
Once you wash the ' bloom ' off the eggs the porous she'll starts to absorb light and bacteria. If you are lucky enough to have any hatch , your risk of mushy chick disease is much greater.
Best to tell your supplier this as she is most likely unaware of it .