hatching eggs - upon delivery...

bluedawg

Songster
11 Years
Jul 7, 2008
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As long as I have the incubator heated and ready to go can I put the eggs right in it upon delivery? How come the eggs are OK when not kept in the incubator through the mail?
Thanks,
-M
 

klf73

Mad Scientist
11 Years
Jun 1, 2008
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You really should let them sit to adjust to room temperature so they don't sweat from the temp change. Some people do overnight but 6-8 is recommended from what I read. They do ok during shipping because they haven't begun growing yet. They don't start until they reach the temp required. Good luck, I love incubating
 

Tuffoldhen

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Jan 30, 2007
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Eggs get shaken around pretty good when they are shipped. It's always best to let them rest, adjust to your room temps, breathe and sit big end up for a few hours ( 6 to 12 or longer) in an egg carton to help the air sacs get stable again. my thoughts
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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They should also rest to let their insides settle a bit. Shipping is hard on eggs, and sometimes their air sacs will get dislocated. Resting them can give them time to settle back where they are supposed to be.
 

Quail_Antwerp

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Aug 16, 2008
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You should let them rest in an egg carton large end up to let them settle before putting them in the 'bator. I usually get mine from the PO early in the AM, like 8 am, and I have let them rest from 9 am until 9pm and then put them in the 'bator.

Good luck!!
 

bluedawg

Songster
11 Years
Jul 7, 2008
211
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Croton on Hudson
Hey guys - Thanks! It is true I am very eggcited
even though I have no eggs on the way
I am looking forward to hatching and starting a small flock of wheaton marans but several sources have no eggs yet. I just bid on some on Ebay but did not get them - they went too high. I wonder if I should wait until spring anyway. I live in Westchester County, NY. So If I hatch eggs in the Fall I will probably have them inside for longer than I would if I hatched them in the spring. Any thoughts on this?

Shelley, Thanks for sharing pics!!! Gerty is gorgeous


-M
 
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cthrash1

Songster
11 Years
Apr 15, 2008
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Look for "Bev's Marans" on a search and go look at her chickens...She has the Wheaten variety...See if you can get on her shipping list. I also am in love with the wheatens, I think they're prettier than the CB Marans.
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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Adair Co., KY
Quote:Thanks so much bluedawg! I still haven't been able to figure out what kind she is! She's like a birchen game/silkie mix I think
 

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