Buying hatching eggs in winter

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by billiejw89, Jan 3, 2017.

  1. billiejw89

    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm wanting to purchase some LF Cochin eggs that would be coming out of Arizona to wa state where we are between 15-20 degrees most days now. My post lady always drives my packages up my driveway and hand delivers them. Do you think the eggs would be ok or is it better to wait for warmer days?
     
  2. silkie1472

    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The temperature is only one of the factors that you have to worry about. Fertility, packaging, and shipping are more important factors. Shipped eggs usually do not hatch very will because of rough conditions during shipping. Poor packaging may cause the eggs to break during transportation. Temperature changes may affect the hatchability, but you have to worry about that during warmer months as well. If you feel like the eggs would survive shipping and are fertile, I think that it would be okay to get them now. Just remember, when eggs are exposed to temperatures too cold or too hot for so long, they do begin to lose their viability.
     
  3. billiejw89

    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you, I've gone ahead and ordered them. They weren't too expensive so I'm going to give it a try.
     
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    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did order eggs. six arrived in the mail all in good shape. At day 7 candle we had 4 going strong and 2 clears. We are on day 17 now and they look great, we should have some chicks this week!
     
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    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awesome!! I have hatched 13 silkies so far, only one egg went bad. When they hatch, post a picture of you can please.
     
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    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will post pics for sure. Congrats on the silkies!
     
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    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm assuming you have some chicks preparing to hatch right now? Possibly some already hatched?
     
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    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Still waiting on pips. I suspect my temps ran a little low, makes sense because it took awhile to see development. I need to recalibrate my thermometers. Hopefully soon!
     
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    silkie1472 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine did the same. All of my silkies hatched on day 23-24.
     
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    billiejw89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have 1 pip so far![​IMG]
     

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