Yes they were shipped but the non hatchery eggs came from NC and the hatchery eggs came from half that distance. I didn’t expect them all to hatch, expect a linear decline. Several weren’t fertile and lots of small eggs of breeds that should lay more large sized eggs.
It’s tough to justify a few that hatch when the initial cost was X. Makes for some expensive chicks. I get it now, now I can advertise furture chicks as ‘rare’. no
I won’t disclose the name of hatchery, but I won’t order from them again. Their main revenue maybe live chicks and hatching eggs are sideline.
Could be Gods way of keeping me in check with what we can handle right now.
I do the resting in the incubator with the turn table off. Just because with shipped eggs you never know how old they might be. The sooner into the incubator the better...for me.
@TallPaul I would not be too quick to blame the hatchery for the eggs not hatching. So many things can go wrong with shipped eggs. I know @R2elk buys chicks and has them shipped in when he needs them over eggs, because it is cheaper. I believe he is correct on this.