Any tips on hatching shipped eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by BackyardMix, May 7, 2011.

  1. BackyardMix

    BackyardMix Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, I ordered shipped eggs and they're coming on Monday. Does anybody have any tips on improving the hatch rate? Thanks!

    P.S.- I'm brand new to this, so there's no need to skip the basics. [​IMG]
     
  2. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Last year I started unplugging the turner for the first 2-3 days of incubation to give the eggs extra time to rest in case they have a loose air sac, etc. Seems to work.
     
  3. BackyardMix

    BackyardMix Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks! I'm not using a turner though. Should I just not turn them the first two days then? (Sorry about my lack of knowledge on this topic.)
     
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Thanks! I'm not using a turner though. Should I just not turn them the first two days then? (Sorry about my lack of knowledge on this topic.)

    That's what I do. No turning for the first 2-3 days.

    If the eggs are cold let them come to room temp, then put them in. If I get eggs and they are warm right out of the box, I put them straight into the incubator.
     
  5. chickenfeverforever

    chickenfeverforever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My tip wuuld be to cross your fingers and hope that they arrive not scrambled or with ruptured air cells. After that, I just let mine rest at room temp fat end up for at least 8 hours.
     
  6. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    get y our incubator up and running at least a day ahead of when you will need it.. after the eggs are in it is no time to start to fiddle with temperatures..

    let the eggs rest a day after you get them..

    get your temp to 99.5F humidity at 35% to 40%

    and don't expect more than 50% hatch..
     
  7. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

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    Quote:X2
     
  8. cmfarm

    cmfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You may try asking the person you got the eggs from how they hatch theirs because some breeds hatch better if done a certain way, and humidity and temps. very so much from state to state.
     
  9. RachaelS

    RachaelS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Another tipis to put them in an egg cartoon pointy side down while in the bator.
     

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