Mail ordering fertile eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by ktblue3, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. ktblue3

    ktblue3 In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2012
    I have hatched eggs twice in the kdg. classrooms. First time, the hatch was great 14/17. Was like a mother hen constantly checking temp/humidity etc. Have a hovebater 1588 with automatic egg turner. I had ordered eggs which were shipped from nearby Connecticut. The next year the hatch was horrible even though I was super careful again. Those eggs I personally picked up from a farm 1 hr. away so they would be fresh and perfectly controlled as far as temperature and shipping. Only 6 hatched out of 20! I had to go buy some chicks to supplement cause the kids were really disappointed. Should I not be worried to buy from a hatchery/farm in a state further away? I can't seem to find a place to order from in a nearby state. They are all in TX, Kentucky, or really down south. I could use some advice. (or the name of a place in NYS. where they sell fertile eggs)

  2. LilyD

    LilyD Songster

    Jan 24, 2011
    Bristol, VT
    I am in New England and have ordered from Mt Healthy in Ohio I think, from Ideal which is in Texas and I have not had any problems. I would say to just plan to get your chicks when you are sure the weather won't be to cold or too hot and you should be okay.
  3. ktblue3

    ktblue3 In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2012
    Only problem is that we have to have the chicks hatch by April 6 which is when Easter break starts. Class would like- maybe 2 weeks- to enjoy them after they hatch. That means they have to incubate by 1st of March or so. That's why I am concerned. Thanks so much for your info about long distant ordering. K......
  4. DanEP

    DanEP Songster

    May 15, 2010
    Cadiz Ky
    check with jodi (hinkjc),on this forum she's in pa and has nice orpingtons and I had 80 % hach rate
    from her eggs.

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