Mail order eggs develope with little to no hatching.......

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by gander007, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    I am using the same incubator to hatch the eggs from my yard and get a 80%-90%
    hatch and here in southern Death Valley this is not bad but mail order eggs are
    really difficult as a 0% to 20% hatch is doing good and a couple mounts ago I
    ordered a box of assorted eggs from S Carolina and it took 6 days in the Mail to
    get to me and 9 out of developed 2 no hatch 2 passed shortly after the hatch and
    the other 5 are doing great so fair .... An Orloffs in 3 separate of 10 or more on hatch
    development but no hatch, Marans the same thing but yet my yard eggs or some
    mixed eggs and I am happy with the hatch but if it is a buty I want no luck ....
    any one help ...... Oh the incubator I have been using for 12 years with good
    success on quail ducks pheasant chucker but them eggs are all local no Mail....
  2. All Henned Up

    All Henned Up Muffs or Tufts

    let mail egg stand with pointy end down for 8 hours before putting in the incubator, older they are and the farther they travel the less likely they are going to hatch.
    Welcome and enjoy BYC !
    Steve. :frow
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Welcome to BYC. Sadly the viability of shipped eggs is always a crap shoot.
  4. chickenboy190

    chickenboy190 Overrun With Chickens

    May 31, 2013
    Welcome! glad you joined BYC! :~D
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

    Feb 18, 2011
  6. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    When I receive Mail order eggs I always let them set in a egg carton
    over night to let the air bubbles settle and get to room temp before
    putting them in the incubator that is set up and running at the correct
    temps and humidity before ordering and the room the incubator sits
    in is either heated or cooled off to 95 degrees to help with the opening
    problems just something I do ...... And as Mail order eggs are a crap
    shoot this is true big time .......... The incubator I use is a HOVA-BATOR
    1583 With a Fan to move the air around and yes there is a egg turner
    in there so I do not need to open every day Humidity stays around 40%
    and up to 60 3 days before hatch the heat is at 95.5 this I check through
    the big window on top several times a day ...... I would just like to
    know if someone had a special trick they used with Mail Order eggs
    as a person can get some real special chickens out there as not
    every species is close by .......... But I have noticed the Easter Egg
    Chicken is the easiest to hatch ,,,,, well here anyway ...........
    Always thanking those with helpful ideas ..................
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]Happy you joined us!
  8. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Yes and thank you I see you are correct always I lot to learn
    and one should never stop learning ...... That was a great
    place to get information for this I thank you .....
  9. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Thank you !!!!!!
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by