Advice please.Shipped eggs 10% hatch rate/my golden pheasant eggs 95%!

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by lexgold, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. lexgold

    lexgold Chillin' With My Peeps

    118
    0
    109
    Feb 15, 2010
    So I had a mixed first year in pheasants. Almost all of my own red golden eggs hatched.

    Of the four sets of shipped eggs I got just four hatched and only two of the chicks made it.

    Only some of the shipped eggs developed. They developed up until almost hatch day and then the chicks died in the last few days. Some had pipped internally and a couple died after pipping the shell. In each case I hatched my own red golden eggs alongside the shipped eggs as a control and they ALWAYS hatched fine.

    i used a Genesis with a fan. Humidity 50% and then 65% at lockdown.

    What do you think....
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    10,367
    82
    328
    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Most anyone that's ever hatched shipped eggs will tell you that shipped eggs is a HUGE gamble. Many of us have had 0% hatches from shipped eggs. As long as your own eggs are hatching fine, then you are doing things right. The good old USPS can be really hard on eggs. Are you letting the shipped eggs rest pointy end down for 12-24 hours before you set them?
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by