Originally Posted by meganhundley
Yea, she did alot of things she shouldn't have and now I'm paying for it. I think her hens had all just started laying so shes new to all of this, but still, thats no reason to sell filthy eggs from a too young hen. At first I thought it was because I washed them but now I'm wondering. I washed the others also but I'm not having crazy issues with them quitting right and left and having strange wispy veins and big blobby masses in there that shouldn't be. I think her hens we're just too young to be collecting fertile eggs from them to sell.
Yea, I think I'm going to have to open it up if and when it quits (I'm pretty sure it will before lockdown) I can't not know what that is, lol. I thought at first maybe it was just a knot of blood vessels that got stuck on the shell together but I don't even know if that's possible? Yeah, I'll satisfy my and everyone else's curiosity if he, or maybe they, quit on me.
My best hatch was from my pullets that had only been laying 4-6 weeks at the time I collected. 21 went in, one quite by day 5 the rest made it to lockdown and hatched perfectly. If the size of the eggs are decent and the pullets egg making is all kosher, then there shouldn't be a problem. I don't know if shipping with pullets is any worse than shipping with more major eggs though.
Originally Posted by OldMissionChick
I am feeling a bit defeated, not holding my breath for this hatch. What exactly should the temps & humidity be for a still air incubator? I read such conflicting information from 98* to no it needs to be 101* and everything in between. How much does the age of the hen play in the hatchability of the eggs? Ugh
Still air should be 101-102 taken near the tops of the eggs. Humidity is finding what works for you by monitoring the air cells or weighing the eggs. I am not comfortable incubating at less than 25% or higher than 40% for the majority and only adjusting on either side of those numbers if the air cells signify I need to and then only temporarily.
Originally Posted by kwhites634
Oh, great...baby dragons!
I want a baby dragon!
Originally Posted by meganhundley
Yes, I have a serious candling problem, lol. With these though I keep checking so I can get the quitters out fast just incase 1 decides to explode. I don't want nasty egg stuff getting all over the eggs that are doing ok cause I'm sure they would all quit then since there's no bloom on any of them anymore. And it gives me a reason to candle more often. That's what I tell myself anyway, lol
For one, exploding eggs though they can happen are not all that common, especially later in the hatch. Chances are (not always, nothing is certain) you will smell a bad egg before it gets to the eggsplosion point. Everyone knows I love to candle. I candle (a few, not all) every night when incubating to get my fix and spot check. But here's the thing: I don't do shipped eggs, (yet anyway). Even I understand and admit the logic behind less is better for an egg that has been abused through the postal service. In all honesty you think you maybe protecting yourself from a bad egg episode, but you may be weakening an already weak egg. Now you can do what others do and take the theory that you only want the strongest and enable your candling more or you can side on the giving them the opportunity to strengthen by lessoning your intervention thus giving them slightly better chances. I always say to do what's comfortable for you [the hatcher] if it's working no matter what anyone says, but I also believe that if something isn't working you should probably change your methods-at least for the changing circumstances.