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Buying Hatching Eggs on eBay???

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by maggienchamp, Aug 22, 2011.

  1. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chirping

    Aug 22, 2011
    Hi! So, I was wondering, how do you buy hatching eggs on eBay? I mean, don't then need to be incubated 24/7 right after they are layed? I don't really know that much about chickens, so I apologize if this is a silly question [​IMG] Thanks for your answers!

  2. Bantam Username

    Bantam Username Songster

    Aug 3, 2011
    Wiltshire, UK
    After being laid, they have approximately 10 days before they start to be no good.
    Most sellers send eggs by next day delivery so they get to you right away. You then leave them to settle in a cool (not cold) place for up to 24 hours before you incubate them, I left mine for 12 hours but know that some people leave them to settle for less time than that even. Good luck. [​IMG]
  3. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chirping

    Aug 22, 2011
  4. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    Also I wouldnt buy from Ebay. there is alot of scammers who will send you what you DIDNT order. I would buy from someone on here. its the same as Ebay but more honest people!
  5. tornado8070

    tornado8070 Chirping

    Nov 18, 2010
    Ruth, MI
    Just make sure you buy them from a reputable seller. Some people are out just to make a buck and dont care about the eggs! Just a heads up.
  6. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    I've bought loads of eggs on e-bay. DO NOT get your hopes up. Shipping is VERY hard on eggs. It is better to research how far the seller is from you, and take into account the temps between you and them. And the USPS. If they have a bad day, your eggs will, too. Remember, a hen will lay her eggs in a secure spot....not until she is happy with the situation will she start incubation, they may sit for a week or more. Usually a 50% hatch is considered good. Lots of factors go into this. If the deal is good, and you don't mind the gamble, try it! And don't forget to let the eggs rest for at LEAST 12 hours, to try and stabilize the air sac, before putting them in the bator. Roberta
  7. cuntryuppiechick

    cuntryuppiechick Songster

    Apr 29, 2011
    I've got a few from ebay and a few from here. To generalize...here you get a better quality stock, people friendly people, the right kind of egg, people who know about their birds. I think one set that was supposed to be a fancy breed from ebay was actually a dozen Trader Joe's. Had to fight twice to get my money back. Here I've never had to think about asking.

  8. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I've shipped to people as far away as New Jersey and heard back of great results. Personally I think there's two things to consider here -

    1) Ebay is NOT the best place to look for hatching eggs. Lots of untrusty people there, lots of people selling something that isn't as advertised, poor packers, etc.

    2) It is all about the packing. [​IMG] If the eggs are packed right, you can get some pretty darn good fertility from someone's eggs on the opposite end of the US.
  9. TinyTotsSeramas

    TinyTotsSeramas Songster

    Jun 21, 2011
    Quote:Agreed!! I was dreading having eggs shipped in because of all of the negitive comments on shipped eggs, but I found a very nice person on here who had the birds I needed, she gave ALOT of information about her breeders, she packaged her eggs like fort knox and I had not one egg broke, in the end only 1 egg wasnt fertile, and if not for newbie error.. all would have hatched!!! Its all in the packing and the honesty of the shipper!! you wont find many honest people on Ebay!
  10. maggienchamp

    maggienchamp Chirping

    Aug 22, 2011
    Great! Thanks so much everyone for your replies [​IMG]

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