Fertile eggs in mail: let rest? Disease problem? Vaccinate??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Stef in Davis CA, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Stef in Davis CA

    Stef in Davis CA Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 6, 2008
    Riverside, CA
    Hi BYC, wondering if I should let eggs from the mail (2-3day delivery) rest for a day before setting them under my broody? Or should I put them under her right away?

    Also, are fertile eggs a disease risk for my current flock? Is there anything I can do to reduce this risk?

    Which vaccines would you suggest for when the new chicks hatch out? Marek's?

    THANKS!!! Very excited to hatch my first chicks with my broody!
  2. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

    May 24, 2008
    Southeast Arkansas
    A little wait is supposed to be a good thing. There are diseases that can be carried in the eggs. It`s a little late but if you are concerned about that always buy from npip certified or tested flock. That still won`t eliminate all the risks, but its a start. A lot of us don`t worry about that and hatch anything that comes along. SO FAR I haven`t brought in anything, but its a risk I always know I am taking.
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    This is an incubation site but the info on getting the eggs ready for a broody would be the same.

    http://gallus.tamu.edu/Extension publications/b6092.pdf

    You can do a search on here for Marek's and get a lot of information. I'd suggest talking to your county extension agent about diseases in your area and see what they recommend. That conversation could go a long way beyond innoculations and into biosecurioty. Also question him about fowlpox in addition to Marek's.
  4. mom2chicksandpups

    mom2chicksandpups Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Southeast Alabama
    Thanks for linking to the great info on incubating eggs. I had a lot of questions that I was about to ask and this looks like it will answer them all. [​IMG]
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    Quote:Glad I could help. There is a lot of great information on this forum and a lot of really nice people. There is also a lot of good information at the state land grant university sites, but be careful with that. It is often pointed at the commercial operations which are different from us "hobby flockers".

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