First time with shipped eggs! Received today!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jeslewmazer, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    I just won my first auction for 24 eggs. Whoa! What have I done. This is kind of a rant, but I am still so excited. I hope it turns out good. Any advice for a newbie at receiving shipped hatching eggs??? Thanks in advance for the advice.
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2010
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    When you get them, open the package and unwrap the eggs, then let them sit overnight to "rest." If you don't have your incubator set up already by then, set it up when you get those eggs, and let it run so it will stabilize and get ready for you to set the eggs.

    Get yourself a hygrometer ahead of time and calibrate it, too, so you know whether it's accurate or not, and how much you have to adjust for it, if it is not.

    Do NOT candle those eggs excessively. I only candle on Day 10 and Day 18, the day I lock down the incubator for hatching.

    Understand that a 50% hatch rate is GOOD for shipped eggs.

    Others may give you more tips, but this is a start.

    Oh..... and also understand this is addictive. All it takes is one chick emerging from an egg to start it.
  3. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    Put the egg in the carton with small end point down and let them sit for overnight before place in the incubator. During that time you can adjust your incubator 99.5-100.5F while waiting.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2010
  4. Sportsterjeep

    Sportsterjeep Creekside Acres Farm

    Jun 1, 2010
    Mill Hall PA
    Give the sender your name and phone number to have marked on the box, along with "HOLD FOR PICKUP CALL (#)". Most who get shipped eggs have noticed that the hatch rates are a little better when they do this.
  5. dillonkane1994

    dillonkane1994 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2010
    Hereford, Texas
    As soon as you get your eggs in the mail, bring them in and open the box very carefully. I always wash my hands before touching the eggs so I don't put my germs on them. Sometimes the eggs are packaged in an egg carton, if not make sure you have one so the eggs can "settle" in an egg carton for about 12 hours upon arrival. During that time make sure that your incubator is holding its current temperature and humidity. Once the eggs are placed in the incubator, I don't open it unless I need to add humidity to the incubator or if I am candling my eggs which should not be done alot during incubation. I candle my eggs on day 6, 12, and 18 to make sure they are developing. Hope this helped and good luck on your hatch!

  6. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    Thanks for all the replies and helpful information. [​IMG]
  7. KatieBugg

    KatieBugg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 21, 2010
    Holts Summit, MO
    I have really had to make myself behave. Everytime I see an auction with BO's I want it sooo bad, I just have to be patient for my first eggs next week!
  8. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2009
    So I received 24 hatching eggs today. None were cracked and all look to be in good condition. Do I need to let them rest for only 12 hours or does it need to be longer? It might sound like common sense......But......(from the backyard flock vs shipped hatching eggs) is the only difference that I have to let the eggs rest? I have had many successful hatches from my own flock already, so everything has been working right. Thanks in advance.
  9. pinkyglory123

    pinkyglory123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2010
    Quick question-not quite off topic-when ordering eggs by mail with the intent of putting them under a broody hen-do you still "rest" them for twelve hours before putting them under the hen like you would if you were using an incubator?

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