Adventures in Incubating Shipped Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Morrigan, May 10, 2018.

  1. Morrigan

    Morrigan Overrun With Chickens

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    So, today I set 15 eggs from Papa's Poultry. 5 Lavender Maran, and 8 assorted Orpington mixes. Now the wait begins. :fl:fl

    I've always hatched my "own" eggs from my backyard flock before, but I wanted some new blood in the flock, and I couldn't find a seller I liked within driving distance. I settled on Papas Poultry because they had orpington and marans, and they were only 400 miles away, so I thought that would be less shipping stress.

    I got them yesterday and unpacked them. They were really, really well packed and there were no broken or cracked eggs. Yay! I candled them and to be honest, it was rough. Four of the air sacs were quite large, which makes me think the might be old eggs. (3 of the eggs were free-bees, so I really can't complain). A couple more were detached. One yolk looked scrambled. I couldn't even find the air sacs on others. The maran eggs remain a deeply shrouded mystery, except that one was very porous.

    Whelp, I knew I was taking some chances, so after letting them settle over night, I put them in the incubator this afternoon, point side down. My plan is not turn on the auto-turner until day 3, so they can settle some more. Then, I'm going to wait until day 5 :barniebefore candling them. I don't want to introduce any more movement into these poor eggs then I have to. The humidity is set for 40, but it tends to bounce around between the high 30s to low 40s.

    If I get 6 to hatch I will be THRILLED! Here is my set-up. I'll keep you posted. Any "hatching shipped eggs" stories would be greatly appreciated, as I'm going stir crazy right now!

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  2. mdees88

    mdees88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had great success hatching shipped quail eggs but I've never tried chicken eggs before. What kind of hatch rate do you typically see with your "own" eggs?
     
  3. Ducklover2

    Ducklover2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. BlueShadow

    BlueShadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hihi! I am in pretty much the same situation as you - hatched before, but my own eggs. Set my shipped eggs in the bator yesterday. Mine were very fresh (small air sacs, some I couldn't even find????) The air sacs I could find were all loose. One yolk maybe looked funny, but no cracks in the eggs. I will plug in the turner tomorrow. We shall see!
     
  5. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

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    :barnie 5 whole days?
    I am going to die!

    Good luck girl!
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  6. CSAchook

    CSAchook Chicken Obsessed

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    It will give you time to finish your feed homework ;)
     
  7. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

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    :th I was suppose to be offline an hour ago!
    :barnie
     
  8. Morrigan

    Morrigan Overrun With Chickens

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    Pretty good. About 90%, after removing 1 or 2 clears at day 7.

    You and me both. I'm already trying to justify having a "cheat" egg that I look at every day.
     
  9. Morrigan

    Morrigan Overrun With Chickens

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    What are you hatching?
     
  10. KikisGirls

    KikisGirls Reading. Must read more. Premium Member Project Manager

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    WHAT!?
    You mean you aren't going to look at them all everyday?

    You're nuts.
     

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