High Altitude Egg swap???

Discussion in 'Chickenstocks, Shows, Meet-Ups' started by GJ_Kate, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. GJ_Kate

    GJ_Kate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else at high altitude sick of having horrible shipped egg hatches or already giving up altogether on the idea?
    I'd love to see a high altitude only egg swap like the crazy egg chain. For example, I'm at 4500 ft. I would assume anything over 3000 ft would qualify, although it is definitely open for discussion.
    If anyone is up for this also, get on here!!!
     
  2. SabaiFarms

    SabaiFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love the idea but I have already given up trying to hatch eggs. Only having one chick from each of my three shipments of eggs hatch forced me to go buy chicks. I figured it was the altitude that made my luck so bad.
     
  3. GJ_Kate

    GJ_Kate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's what happened to me too! I tried 5 different shipments between the crazy egg chain and the April Egg Swap and only got 2 eggs to hatch. Luckily they were from Hot2Pot and are gorgeous! A BO and a SLP!!
    I figured maybe, just maybe it's worth another try...

    What do you raise, BTW? hehehe enabler alert! enabler alert!!!
     
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  4. SabaiFarms

    SabaiFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted blue rocks. I got one to hatch from my first batch of eggs. It was black and now I'm thinking it.s a cockrel, which I can't keep. The one from my second shipment is black as well. I'm hoping she is a pullet. Then I got black java eggs and only one of those hatched, again hoping for a pullet.

    I like large chickens with clean feet. I wanted some barred rocks and some jersey giants. I have some BLRW that I got at the feed store. I love them, but one is a rooster looking for a new home. I also have a RIR, a gold sex link and a white leghorn.

    I'm hoping to keep at least 6 of these but so far its not looking good.
     
  5. corancher

    corancher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to see if it make a difference. I am at 6,535 feet.

    I have gotten some really good hatches but most have been nothing.
     
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I would be interested, but not until next year.

    I've never tried to hatch shipped eggs. They cost too much considering the hatch rate. But the swaps, money out of pocket is just the shipping, so it is more attractive to try.

    I like the idea of testing to see if eggs laid at high altitudes hatch better at high altitudes.

    I'll have to double check. I think I'm about 3500 feet, and very dry.

    I wonder if the low humidity makes a difference, too. My poultry would be adapted to drier conditions. It might affect the egg membrane.
     
  7. GJ_Kate

    GJ_Kate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm dry here too. The best shipped hatch I had, I left them the whole time in my forced air bator with extra humidity, but not too high.
    I usually move them from the forced air to my LG still air at really high humidity, but they'd die within hours of moving them. So I let them hatch in the original bator with the auto turner and all. There's a little bit of room off to the side of the turner, so I put them there. I only had 3 make it to lockdown out of 40+ and got 2.

    If anyone, or more, are up for doing a test round, I'll post what I have and what I want. You guys do the same and let's see if we can make anything work.

    I have: EExEE, EExbrown egg layer (olive egger, right?) , Bourbon Red turkeys (I have one hen now, and she lays about 3-4 eggs a week, so it'd be a small amount)

    I'd like: other colors of Orpingtons, bourbon red turkeys, black copper marans, polish
     
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  8. tofuranch

    tofuranch What Came First????

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    I would be interested..I am at 5000ft

    I have done the experiment and eggs from closer elevation to your hatch better
     
  9. GJ_Kate

    GJ_Kate Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone else interested? [​IMG]
     
  10. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

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    Quote:interested to see if this idea pans out. I can't as i'm at sealevel. your eggs may be traveling from high altitude to lower back to high during the shipping. I'll keep checking back, make sure to post your results.
     

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