How long can I let my shipped eggs sit?

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  1. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know to let them sit to rest for 12-24 hours but what is the max I can let them sit?
     
  2. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    Well, if you figure it took 3-5 days to get your eggs (maybe) then 2-3 days shipping, and one day sitting, I'd put them into the incubator ASAP. The fresher the eggs, the better the results.
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    x2 Very good advice......

    How did your shipped eggs aircells look apon recieving? Depending on the condition you may want to wait to turn even after you put them in the incubator and keep them air cell up (big end up, little end down) in an egg carton with the bottoms cut out. Its best to not turn shipped eggs with bad cells until 36-48 hours after setting......

    I am cleaning up my notes but they are all thrown here..... https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101
    excuse the chaos I am only half way through : ) and this is a paste in regards to shipped eggs from that article...




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    Shipped Eggs = Change Of Plans!
    Shipped eggs have a MUCH lower hatch rate, even with experienced hatchers! It’s always best to get local eggs to get the best hatch rate. Sources for eggs are to search the BYC buy sell trade section, Craigslist and eBay. Your local thread on BYC may be the best bet for local eggs! Look for your local site in the “Social section” “Where am I? Where are You!” section of BYC.


    BELOW ROLLING AIR CELL OF A SHIPPED EGG
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    SITES oN AIR CELL DAMAGE...

    UNDERSTANDING what goes WRONG with SHIPPED EGGS
    The yolk of an egg is held in place on each end by what is called Chalaza. These are delicate cords that keep the yolk centered in the egg. When you crack open an egg, you notice a white stringy thing on the yolk, this is the Chalaza. When eggs are shipped they encounter many things that are not favorable to their well being. Postal handlers that toss the packages, machinery that sorts the mail, bumpy vehicle rides and the such. So by the time the eggs get to you they are pretty much scrambled inside. So if you are going to by eggs and have them shipped to you, be aware that the viability drops to near zero. Yes there are those rare instances when they arrive safely but it is always a gamble.

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    http://www.geauga4h.org/poultry/egg_parts.htm

    BELOW SADDLE SHAPED AIR CELL
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    CONCLUSION ~ Shipped eggs
    For rolling, detached or disrupted air cells (cells no longer at fat end of the egg but like a bubble level on the long side, rolling or saddle shaped cells), you’ll need to change your hatch plan. They need to sit 24 hours, pointy end down in a Styrofoam Egg Carton with the bottoms cut out for ventilation to possibly reattach air cells. Allow eggs to sit in a moderately cool, somewhat humid place for 12-24 hours before you begin to incubate them. Basements are great. Moderately cool means 65-75 degrees with the fat end UP. After settle period SET Shipped eggs in the incubator in the carton, do not turn for 36-48 hours to help air cell re-attach. To leave them in the egg carton for all 21 days of the hatch will give you a better hatch rate. After 36-48 hours begin turning or hand turn by laying the eggs side to side 3 times a day, as in the image below.


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    Turning Shipped Eggs

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    NOTE: If you do receive a cracked egg and it’s an expensive egg you can try to hatch it, but beware of bacterial explosion/possibility of ruining other eggs. It is possible to hatch a cracked egg by sealing the crack with candle wax/crayon wax or finger nail polish.



    Good Luck with your hatch!!
     
  4. Chickengirl1304

    Chickengirl1304 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you very much! I hope I can see the air cell because they will be the dark brown black copper marans eggs eek
     
  5. Sally Sunshine

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    ugggg! [​IMG]

    I did hear two things you can try.... use your cell light or ask someone to help and use 2 flashlights.
     
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    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Marty, this is a first I have seen your signature story! Love it! [​IMG][​IMG]

    A wise Native American told his grandchild this story.

    There are two wolves, and one or the other lives within your spirit.

    One wolf is hope, beauty, love, honor, charity, kindness, and thoughtfulness.
    The other wolf is fear, anger, bitterness, ugliness, rage, and spite.


    His grandchild asked him which of these was in his spirit.

    His answer was, whichever one you feed.
     

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