These tips are from BYC member Aveca:
Damaged Air Cells in shipped Eggs:
my vet gave me a plan sheet quite a few years ago. It says for shipped eggs after the initial 24 hr rest period she had me place them in the forced air incubator in the turner but do not turn the turner on for the 1st 5 - 7 days depending on the damage..i have seen some pretty bad bubbly air cells heal as they grow and become surrounded by the veining. That gives embryo time to get a good start, after that a candling and turner goes on. You will be surprised that those will hatch, hatch them in upright position in case air cell tends to travel a lot at lockdown time. we hatched a bunch of del eggs for a friend that were shipped.
Seems to work.
IT is hard to know what to do . . . . so many opinions!
My first shipped eggs I put in immediately and laid on their sides. Only 5 hatched out of about 2 dozen. From 2 different breeders.
THis time I set turkey eggs upright in an egg carton to help the air cells get normal, and incubate in the upright position. 2, maybe 4, of 6 are developing.
I did turn my shipped eggs a hair, the thickness of a flattened toilet roll tube, put under one edge of the egg carton. ANd I turned 5-7 times a day for over a week.
From all I have read the damaged air scells need all the help they can get to get back into position at the top of the egg.
This is just my opinion, and my experience with 3 groups of shipped eggs.
OK.... one more question then... if you're setting them "upright" with the air cells in the up position.... that means the larger end of the egg up, right? maybe a dorky question, but these are gonna be family members, ya know?
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