GREAT! Thanks for the warm welcome.
Okay; I got eggs today (Thursday) that were shipped on Monday. There are 14 of them. They all have air cells, natch. Some are smaller than others, though I am told by the breeder that 13 were gathered on Sunday, and one on Monday right before shipping. These are Columbian Rock eggs, which I hope to have as foundation birds for my backyard flock.
Now to questions:
1. The eggs were really well packed, but three are cracked: one slightly, and on the narrow end; one more so with a TINY "breakthrough" into the egg... no moisture, just I can see it when candling; and the last sadly has real breakthrough cracking... and a rolling air cell. I am culling it, I think. I would like to try using fingernail polish to save the other two. Has anyone advice on this? Done it?
2. The majority of eggs (if not all) have what I (a newbie, remember, only on my second hatch) would call "jiggly" air cells. Most of them are on the top of the egg where they belong, but when I tilt them gently, they move a little. But they don't roll. Having read Hatching 101, I'm thinking to let them set in the room for 6 hours and then put them into the 'bator, upright in egg cartons that have th bottoms cut out for ventilation. My question is when to start turning (I'll be turning by hand).
Well, you are in luck. We have lots of experienced shipped-egg hatchers here, although I am not one of them, so I'll defer to them on that part.
I cracked an egg moving it into lockdown and didn't put anything on it, but it didn't hatch. My sister-in-law cracked one at the same time and didn't put anything on it, and it hatched.
I know some have tried fingernail polish, or a dip in warm, melted wax, or rubbed with a candle, or even scotch tape with success, so my opinion is you may as well try whatever you feel comfortable with! None of those things will hurt! I wouldn't throw any of them out without trying any of those methods. What have you got to lose by trying?
Good luck! Others will chime in soon.