A Bielefelder Thread !

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by faysel, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. treefarmer42

    treefarmer42 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,
    9 out of 12 hatch is great specially for shipped eggs. I'm puzzled as to way your losing the chicks. I've lost chicks through the years but normally 1 per 3 hatches if that. I wish you luck.
     
  2. treefarmer42

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    Good morning to all this wonderful Nov. 2nd 2014. Here is a pic. of my Bielefelders chilling out with my Wyandottes. Funny thing is the Biels are 5 weeks old and the Wyandottes are 8 weeks old. Biels are as big and feathered as the dotes are. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. Camp Julsby

    Camp Julsby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am thrilled to say the least. Of course after letting the eggs that didn't hatch sit for 24 hours I had to open them up to see where they stopped, because I really couldn't see well while candling. I was surprised to see that all chicks but one where to term the one that wasn't died maybe 3-4 days prior to hatch fully formed with plenty of yolk sack still present. I have to say. That was some awesome fertility and packing. The best I have gotten so far with shipped eggs. I set a dozen EE eggs with these and only 4 made it to lockdown and 3 hatched.

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  4. Ron Skekel

    Ron Skekel Overrun With Chickens

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    How were they packed? In the future I may sell hatching eggs. I've herd that when wraped separately the hatch is better. What was your experience.
     
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  5. Camp Julsby

    Camp Julsby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bubble wrapped individually and packed tightly in shredded newspaper. Not only was the hatch great our worm bin appreciated the shredded newspaper. :) They made it from OK to Southern Ca. without a hitch.
     
  6. treefarmer42

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    Hello, I've learned over the years that humidity has a very important role just prior to hatch and during hatch. When I use a 30 egg small incubator ( with no wet wick) I make sure there is enough water to produce moisture on the top lid. Damp not dripping. I noticed this will make it easier for the chicks to peep their way out and if they have trouble I can remove just enough of the shell so there heads and shoulders are out and now they can "wiggle" the rest of the way out at their own pace. Otherwise my hatches are not as good. I notice more developed chicks never even making a crack in the egg or the membrane sticking to their bodies and they tire to death. Just my opinion and experience. In final I believe as in all forms of life some chicks never develop "correctly" and just die off prior to the actual hatch and there is nothing that can be done. Any hatch of 75% or better is a great hatch in my book.
    I believe the best way to ship eggs is just as Camp Julsby stated. I've never had issues shipping or receiving in that manner.
     
  7. VistaSRJ

    VistaSRJ Out Of The Brooder

    Just recently started shipping my Bielefelder eggs, and I use a 'tube method'. They are wrapped in a paper towel, then bubble wrap, with both ends left open so the egg can breathe. The tube also seems to act as a cushion to absorb more of the shock. Then I pack them tightly with peanuts, air packs, anything that will keep them from moving at all. All buyers are reporting no broken eggs, and one reported 11 out of 12 doing well.
     
  8. Ron Skekel

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    Thank you everyone for your advice and knowledge! :caf Pam
     
  9. DMRippy

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    I find way too may of eggs packed that way settle to the bottom and will break. I have gotten eggs like that and the problem is when one breaks the other move and you lose several eggs. I have gotten them like that and double boxed with broken eggs. the ends need to be taped and secured from falling out. Eggs can break no matter how you pack them but leaving the ends open just asks for problems in my opinion.

    I don't like that method and I don't like foam shipper either. The burrito method seems to work best in my opinion. If the egg breaks it is contained usually but still has some bulk to hold the spot so the egg don't move. Shredded paper is HEAVY and really offer no cushion. Bubble wrap, air pillows, and packing peanuts are the way to go. Styrofoam works pretty well too but not without some bubble wrap.
     
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  10. VistaSRJ

    VistaSRJ Out Of The Brooder

    People can be sloppy with any packing method, and have disastrous results. I always tape both ends slightly tighter than the egg, and they never shift up or down on me. I've only used air pillows, peanuts, and bubble wrap, so have no experience with foam, paper, or styrofoam.
     

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