Hatching Eggs? Shipped Eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MeanV2, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. MeanV2

    MeanV2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok! Anyone that has incubated shipped eggs what has been your hatch rate? Any secrets you think are important?

    If you have also hatched nonshipped eggs how does your hatch rate differ?

    I'd like to hear everyone's input!

    Dan
     
  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I have hatched fridge eggs.
     
  3. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    but they were local.
     
  4. PollyC

    PollyC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have hatched shipped eggs and expect no more than a 50% hatch if I get more I consider myself lucky. When I hatch local pickup eggs or my own the rate is quite a bit better 75% to 95%.
     
  5. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with Polly. I've hatched a few batches of shipped eggs. I have achieved more than 50% each time with a Little Giant but I only expect about 50%. Some where just barely more than 50% and once I had about 75%. My own fertile eggs usually hatch close to 90% even in my Little giant with temp and humidity swings.
     
  6. MeanV2

    MeanV2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have wondered how a Hen controls humidity?

    Dan
     
  7. kizanne

    kizanne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    touch. the skin and feathers hold in the natural humidity released. I don't think they 'dry' incubate.
     
  8. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    huge amounts of info are available

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/704328/diary-notes-air-cell-detatched-shipped-eggs

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    and the very poignant https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/738943/the-great-egg-shipping-experiment
     
  9. ozexpat

    ozexpat CocoBeach Farm

    she wiggles when her legs get sweaty - or something like that
     
  10. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    they are not 60 % I will tell you that and they are not more moist at hatching.
     

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