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My eggs will be shipped tomorrow......

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by barnyardmommy, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. barnyardmommy

    barnyardmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm so excited, my first shipped eggs are being sent out tomorrow. 6 Silver Laced Wyandotts, 6 Blue Orpingtons, 6 Columbian Cochins, & 6 White D'uccle. I have the bator all warmed up and ready, just waiting on the eggs. I have never hatched in the winter time before, wish me luck. [​IMG]
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wishing you luck for the safe arrival of your eggs and a successful hatch.
     
  3. I have some shipped eggs that I'm expecting the guy shipping them only lives 43 miles away so I hope they will be in good condition.
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    With everything that can happen to shipped eggs, I'd make the 43 mile drive.
     
  5. they were completely free and he had incredible feed back from people way farther than me.So I figured why not
     
  6. Plus I don't have a car and I doubt my parents would drive me their if he would ship them to me.
     
  7. myfinefeatheredfriends

    myfinefeatheredfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I too have eggs being shipped tomorrow :) I wish all us winter hatchers chick dust. Despite the cold weather, they were too good of a deal to pass up. I'm getting 40 button quail eggs from an ebay seller and only paid $22 for them. So excited! Good luck on your hatch!
     
  8. Sally Sunshine

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    Your welcome to have a look at my notes in regards to shipped eggs and incubating.... https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101

    below is a paste from the article, but all the rest you'll need to go read....

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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!” on BYC.


    BELOW ROLLING AIR CELL OF A SHIPPED EGG
    Rolls like a Carpenters Level

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    Important Links to 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 postal handlers that toss the packages, sorting machinery, bumpy vehicle rides, temperature changes and possibly X-ray Machines! So by the time the eggs get to you they are pretty much scrambled inside. So if you are going to buy eggs and have them shipped to you, be aware that the viability drops TREMENDOUSLY. There are rare instances when they ALL arrive safely but it is always a gamble.


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


    BELOW IS A "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 NO TURNING, 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 with bottoms cut out as pictured below, 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. REMINDER~ Never Set COLD eggs in the incubator.


    Below image are Eggs in A Carton with Bottoms cut out for Ventilation
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    Below image of Turning Shipped Eggs, just lean to opposite side.
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  9. barnyardmommy

    barnyardmommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, great information on hatching shipped eggs. Sally, thanks for sharing it with me. I'm a little nervous about the whole shipped thing . Myfinefeatheredfriends good luck on your hatch, hope you have lots of little quail running around in the near future....
     
  10. Sally Sunshine

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