Fertility in purchased eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by pottersway, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. pottersway

    pottersway In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Seagrove, NC
    Help!! I recently purchased eggs for hatching from two different breeders. Both sent extra eggs, but I have had a large percent that weren't fertile.
    Is this normal?? Can shipping damage the eggs?
    None were broken.
    Just curious about experiences from others.

    silkie mom
  2. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    How do you know they werent fertile?
  3. chickNjake

    chickNjake Songster

    Sep 3, 2008
    east tn
    fertility is being fertilized by a rooster,
    but yes. Shipping very often affects eggs causing them not to develop or hatch, which is the postal service's fault (telling them that wont help anything though) and not the breeder.
    hope I helped! [​IMG] -Jake
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Shipping can do lots of damage to eggs. Even if they weren't broken, they can get too hot, too cold, and basically end up killing the little blastocyst that could have been.
  5. horsejody

    horsejody Squeaky Wheel

    Feb 11, 2008
    Waterloo, Nebraska
    I would bet that they were fertile but damaged in shipping. I did 2 batches of shipped eggs earlier this year. On the first batch 5 out of 12 hatched. On the second batch 14 out of 15 hatched. It's a gamble.
  6. what was i thinking

    what was i thinking Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    cny ny
    i got some shipped eggs that didn't develop and i opened them and they weren't fertile. i have never had zero develop on shipped eggs except these.
  7. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    It is a gamble. Just think about about what a package goes through. Temperatures, banging and dropping, delays...

    Then , how do you know they were fertile to begin with?

    Although..I made a frittatta (sp) for Christmas breakfast and 12 of 12 eggs were fertile. That's my secret...wouldn't mention it to the kids.
  8. pottersway

    pottersway In the Brooder

    Oct 29, 2008
    Seagrove, NC
    Thanks to all who answered - this is my first time with a bator - I have been so careful - but the comments about shipping - temps, etc totally make sense!!

    I can't wait for my new chicks!! I'll post pics soon.

    You guys are great!!
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Getting eggs in the mail in fall or spring is probably the best. Fertility is highest in times where the birds are less stressed, there are no sub zero hours or days spent in a truck or on a loading dock, or heat so hot it cooks the eggs. I have a package that has been sitting at UPS for 10 days because of the snowy weather. Anything alive or eggs would have been goners by now.
  10. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    They were probably damaged in shipping

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