Originally Posted by SierraView
I had 2 shipments of silkie eggs from different people, both were 24 eggs and arrived the same day. They were in the same size boxes but packaged differently. Box 1 the eggs were in great condition. Box 2 every egg had a detached air cell. I let them both settle for 24 hours.
I put box 1 right in the turner and box 2 wasn't turned for 7 days. I candled at day 7 and box 1 had one clear I tossed, 23 eggs in box 1 made it to lock down. Box 2 had 6 eggs start to develop and when I candled at lock down 5 look like they quit around day 14. 1 egg from box 2 went to lock down and the air cell looked wrong but I could see red veins so think it was alive.
Today is day 21 and the one egg from box 2 hasn't hatched, I got 19 chicks out of 23 eggs from box 1.
I believe the way the eggs are handled and packaged plays a huge part on the success.
Sorry about the problems with Box 2, great tho hear about the fuzzy buts from Box 1. That's the kind of thing people need to hear about tho. Sometimes you get a box with problems and still get a good hatch, sometimes you get a box that looks fine and get next to nothing. Alot of people will blame the shipper for that,saying they were not fertile, etc. The shipping is rough on eggs in more ways than damage, heat, cold, and shaking are major factors. That's why the Auctions have the disclaimer and no guarantee.
Originally Posted by hfchristy
Hi. I just got a box of eggs in the mail, and I'm wondering just how much I need to baby them.
They were packed really well - just one hairline crack that is only visible with candling.
Do I need to be concerned about air cells that are just a little wiggly around the edges? Air in one or two of the eggs seems to shift a bit if I tilt the egg - but it doesn't wander beyond the area where the air cell ought to be a week or so from now. Does that make any difference?
Personally I am setting all shipped eggs in the turner unplugged for at least 5 days now, 7 if I think there is really a problem. I know it's a pain when you have staggered hatches and you have to turn/tilt the other eggs in the bator. I too tried to find a way to disconnect a couple of rows on the turner, as far as I can tell you can't without breaking it. Bummer So I hand turn the other eggs for a couple days, I think it's worth it.
One thing to remember when you do plug the turner, you may need to adjust the temp in the bator, the Turner motor puts of heat and I have found that I need to tweak the temp if I have it on or off.