Age of eggs and hatchability?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by Misssc, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. Misssc

    Misssc Out Of The Brooder

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    I won some eggs on ebay and they shipped out priority mail on 6/9. I was expecting the package today (the tracking number even estimated delivery for today) and the post office was informed that I wanted to pick it up rather than have the mail carrier take it. Well they didn't come, so now they are either lost or will be here on Monday.

    I'm really frustrated with USPS. I tried to order call duck eggs years ago and the post office *crushed* them, repacked them, and then delivered them box leaking yolk. Last spring they lost my order of chicks (they showed up two days later, all dead) and now this [​IMG]

    The eggs shipped should not have been older than three days and now I'm looking at longer than expected shipping time.

    What I want to know is, assuming an egg is fertile how old can it be and still potentially hatch?
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    Quote:can be weeks.....after 10 days the hatch rate starts to drop.///// for anyone shipping eggs best to only ship first of the week, Monday thru Wednesday.
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

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  4. Misssc

    Misssc Out Of The Brooder

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    The eggs were bought by someone else and sent to me. I would think that a seller that ships lots of eggs would know not to ship on a Thursday.
     
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  6. Misssc

    Misssc Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't blame the seller, and I never said that I did. All I wanted to know was how old an egg could be and still hatch.

    Thank you deerman for answering my question.
     
  7. ColbyNTX

    ColbyNTX Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They should be OK. They should be resting nicely in an A/C building.
     
  8. Fowler Hencock

    Fowler Hencock Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Just curious, what is the difference between eggs sitting at your farm over the weekend, and eggs sitting in a quiet, air-conditioned post office over the weekend? Won't they just be two or three days older either way?
     
  9. Knix6468

    Knix6468 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone know if they actually air condition the local post offices when they are closed?

    Near us the local offices are closed but they do deliver at our houses on Saturday. So the Post office would be closed on Saturday and Sunday, would they run the AC on those days?

    I hope they are.

    Last box i sent the buyer sent me a picture of it, looked like they had kicked it for a field goal before it got to her, big dent like a foot right in the bottom center on one side.
     
  10. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

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    Quote:Just curious, what is the difference between eggs sitting at your farm over the weekend, and eggs sitting in a quiet, air-conditioned post office over the weekend? Won't they just be two or three days older either way?

    The post office could have the box sitting upside down, which screws up the airsac. They also may move the box around while its there and they are always very gentle with it.
     

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