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buying fertile eggs online will they hatch?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ninnyeggs, May 19, 2011.

  1. ninnyeggs

    ninnyeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    I bought fertile eggs online and they are shipping. will they still hatch after not being kept warm? and what are some tips to hatching them?
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  2. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    some will and some will not hatch at all You are taking 50/50 chance The post office are rough on the eggs some times.
     
  3. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I've had great hatches with shipped eggs. And another set that I bought online (eBay) but picked up locally had a great hatch rate too. You can really hit or miss. It isn't always an issue on the seller's end. They can pack eggs to survive through a tornado, but if the post office plays a game of kickball with the package, it could damage the embryos even if the shells aren't broken.
     
  4. kthankzbai

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    I bought my eggs on Ebay from a good seller known to have positive ratings. She explained to me that once an egg is hatched they enter a dormant stage. So the fertile eggs don't actually start developing until you start incubating them. Apparently they can be stored for weeks without heat until you start the incubation process. You don't count the days since the eggs been hatched but the days they are in your incubator.



    My seller advised me to let the eggs rest in room temperature for 6 hours before putting them in the incubator.



    My eggs are developing very well and they were shipped from Oregon to California. The seller put great care into shipping them and made sure the eggs could take some hits... so it depends on a number of factors but I think it's best to order from a location closest to you. But since you already placed your order... I just hope the seller packaged your eggs well and that the postal service isn't too rough on your eggs.


    GOOD LUCK! [​IMG]
     
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  5. ninnyeggs

    ninnyeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    yea i go mine on ebay too and i have six coming and i am hoping to get atleast two out of the batch. i have two americanas and they eggs coming are silkies. i just hope i dont open the box to a mess lol thanks for the info i was worried for a sec after i bought them haha
     
  6. ninnyeggs

    ninnyeggs Out Of The Brooder

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    yea they are coming from ohio and i am in nevada. thats good to know that they start from incubation that answers alot of question [​IMG] thank you!
     
  7. Hi! That should be laid, not hatched.
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  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    They'll hatch fine. Expect a 50/50, but hope for better. I recently got 12 of 12 to hatch, shipped from OK to AZ.
     
  9. puredelite

    puredelite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Like everyone says, it is a "if-y" thing, sometimes good hatches - sometimes not. Be sure and let them rest for around 12 hrs. before putting them in your incubator or under a broody. That gives the egg time for everything to settle back in place. Wishing you great hatching!
     
  10. kthankzbai

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    Oh yeah. Hahah! Oops! Thanks for the correction!

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