How long to let shipped eggs settle?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Frogchickrincess, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Frogchickrincess

    Frogchickrincess In the Brooder

    Sep 3, 2008
    Roy Washington
    Okay i recieved my shipped eggs today so how long do i need to wait before I put thm in my incubator? ANy help please!
  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    They only need 6-8 hrs, some prefer overnight but if they aren't real cold I would do the 6-8 hrs
    Good luck with your hatch
  3. lockedhearts

    lockedhearts It's All About Chicken Math

    Apr 29, 2007
    Most say about 24 hours. I got some from across the state and just let them rest about 10 hours and they are growing. So I would gauge on how far they came from.
  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Since I have eggs being shipped to me tomorrow I was wondering the same thing. Got to love this site. You can always get answers. Often to questions that you haven't even asked.
  5. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    How far really doesn't matter. I got eggs sent to Maine from Washington state in 2 days, from Pennsylvania 5 days, the ones from Washington did better. I have hatched over 100 chicks from shipped eggs since May, and have done both the overnight and the 6-8 hour thing, there are so many different variables with shipping I don't think the "extra" hours sitting really help or change anything. Besides, waiting overnight just puts your hatch a day later [​IMG]

  6. twigg

    twigg Cooped up

    Mar 2, 2008
    Quote:And makes them a day older.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    You want them not to be cool when they go in the bator so there isn't going to be condensation on your eggs. I just let them come up to at least room temp and even sit them on top of the bator while it's warming up or humming along. I've never let any sit very long, maybe 5 hours.
  8. MagsC

    MagsC Queen Of Clueless

    Jul 27, 2008
    Our mail runs around 9 or 10 in the morning. I let them settle until early evening and then put them in the incubator.
  9. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

    Aug 24, 2008
    Southern Ohio
    Depend on how they are packed. Small end down, just let set a few hours. if they pack and small end up. would let those set for 12 hrs.

    Also good idea to check the air cell, should be small , and at the large end.

    Large air cell are old eggs.
  10. I do 24 hours... especially if its been a rough trip. No matter how well they are packed, the upside down, side to side motion can cause the air sacs to become detached.

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