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I keep hearing test eggs and egg testers?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by stormylady, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    What exactly does that entail? and what do you do to test eggs and why can't you do it yourself or can ya ? Just trying to learn all the terminology it is all very interesting to me. Thanks for the answers in advance.

  2. jimnjay

    jimnjay Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bryant Alabama
    Test eggs are usually inexpensive eggs that you do not have you heart set on that you can use to test out your incubator is you are just starting. Each environment is different and beginners are usually not sure what they are seeing when they candle. Using this type of egg gives you experience before your invest a bunch of money on those special eggs you have been eying on EGGBID.

    Egg testers are people willing to try to hatch eggs for others that are not sure of the fertility on their eggs. It is a good opportunity for people to get started with a new incubator and give feedback to those trying to make sure about there own eggs.
  3. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Some people want to test the fertility of their birds. Some want to test their shipping methods or the fertility of their shipped eggs. Yes. You can test at home also with your own eggs. I know my fertility has been great here but later I will probably sell a test batch to see how shipping effects the fertility of my eggs. I have had some really great shipped eggs in the past and some really bad ones also. So if I found out my eggs didn't ship that well I would charge a lower price and tell people that they don't ship well. But if they ship great with a high hatch rate I could increase my price some to help cover the cost of maintaining my breeding pens and breeder birds.
  4. stormylady

    stormylady Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Thanks for the answers! I apprieate the time you all took to answer. Im trying to learn all i can before my girls start laying which will be awhile yet sense there only 8 weeks old and younger. Im trying to learn All the terminolgy so I know what im really reading LOL sometimes its like piecing together a puzzle! There are alot of people here at BYC and there are several different terms for the same thing, kinda throws me off sometimes but you were very clear and that helps alot. Thanks Sandy
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  5. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Quote:Yup, when I ask for testers, it's to see how my egg fertility varies based on shipping, packing, location they are shipped to, etc. I also had another local friend incubate for me to see how they did in her incubator, etc. as well as shipped out a few boxes of eggs to different locations.

    I sent mine out free when I did it this year. I think most people require a (supposedly) low cost and shipping.

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