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handling eggs too much?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by artsyrobin, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    I tried my first broody hatching with shipped eggs, only one hatched, a beautiful little silky- so here are my thoughts- can too much handling damage the eggs- ie. too much candling? being a noob to it, i am thinking thats what happened- and they sat in the post office over thanksgiving...thoughts? The shipper is very reliable so i know it wasn't her side that caused the problem
  2. williamsl77

    williamsl77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2011
    Shipped eggs definitely take a beating from the post office handlers. I don't have any experience putting shipped eggs under a broody, but I bet the damage was done more through the post office than through candling.
  3. dickhorstman

    dickhorstman Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    Nothing scientific but I get better hatches when I candle the eggs 1 time and then leave them alone.
  4. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Shipped eggs are a huge gamble and the USPS is not the gentlest handlers in the world. The eggs shouldn't be touched everyday, but your handling of the eggs probably had nothing to do with your single hatchling. Did you candle the eggs before you set them. How many had good, intact aircells?
  5. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    ya know, i never thought of candling the first day, hmmmm....well no, what does a detached aircell look like? Also, the eggs came from Flordia to Oklahoma, for future orders, is the weather this time of year a problem? i still have a broody sitting and hoping....[​IMG] so i don't want to disappoint her...[​IMG]

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