My frustration with shipped eggs!!

insiderart

Obviously Insane
10 Years
Apr 30, 2009
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Tonight I threw away over 2 DOZEN eggs from the incubator. Shipped eggs that never developed.

It's day16 and I was cleaning out, getting ready for lockdown. It's crazy for so many eggs not to develop. Thanks USPS!

I am so off shipped eggs. What's a hatching addict to do?
 

The Wolf Queen

Songster
10 Years
May 2, 2009
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Albuquerque, NM
Find local breeders.
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Sorry I know im not a lot of help.
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drmeyes236

Songster
10 Years
Apr 13, 2009
325
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129
ohio
I feel you!! I had 8 pekin duck eggs shipped 1 hatched, 3 buff orps 0 hatched, 12 silkie/showgirl eggs 1 hatched and now I have 6 shipped silkie eggs in the bator. I wanted at least 2 ducks and 2 silkie/showgirls. 1 buff orp for laying......
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Calebs Acre

Songster
11 Years
May 17, 2008
817
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Long Island
I can sympathize. After you go through the stress of an auction on eggbid or eBay, you then stress to see if they are going to come unbroken. THEN, into the incubator and the constant concern if (a) there were ever fertile to start and (b) if they will hatch and (c) are they what the person SAID they were sending......

I had 14-plus black mottled cochins send. 12 were broken in the mail and the other two must have been scrambled. The nice woman resent the eggs on 5/18 via priority and they got to me on 5/30. They are in it the incubator, but I don't hold out high hopes for them.

I bought TONS and TONS of Sebbie eggs and NONE were ever fertile...most came from the same seller and I SWEAR they were not fertile to start. There was never any development at all. No wonder they were so inexpensive.

Today, alone, we threw out 9 eggs from a variety of orders. Our eggs from our own birds seem to be fine, but shipped eggs are a different story so much of the time.

I'm now starting to try to buy birds instead of eggs.
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Sure is frustrating, I know.
 

Ewe Mama2

Songster
10 Years
Mar 26, 2009
262
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Northeastern Ohio
I'm sorry for your difficult time with shipped eggs. I've only incubated once and I was fully expecting to have only a couple hatch from the shipped eggs. Instead, I had a 100% hatch. I don't know what to tell you. Life is like a box of shipped eggs...you never know what's going to hatch.
 

IggiMom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
1,742
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West Virginia
Yeah. Insideart, I am right with you. I got two little Seramas and three died in the shell, perfectly developed. I don't think I can blame that on USPS.

And right now I am looking at ONE silkie. I could get more today, I suppose.

Of 18 eggs shipped before, one hatched.

Now, I have not tried much on non shipped eggs, but of the six I did do, 4 hatched.

Honestly, I am coming to the point where I think if I cannot find eggs to hatch that I can get, I am about to give up.

Not quite, we will see how the next ones do.

They are in the 1588 Genesis that everyone said was so good, so maybe they will do better.

Catherine
 

IggiMom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
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West Virginia
Right. Everybody knocks hatcheries.

Well, those chicks I got from Estes, so far they are GREAT. Big fat chicks, scratching around and pecking away.

REALLY nice chicks.

Catherine
 

IggiMom

Songster
10 Years
Apr 12, 2009
1,742
81
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West Virginia
You know, all of these shipped eggs died in the icubator.

Let's see how Big Momma does.

She is sitting on 14 little Serama eggs.

I have some Silkies coming--from a Hatchery!--And perhaps next year I will have a bunch of broodies I can hatched from!

Catherine
 

lauralou

Crowing
13 Years
Dec 10, 2007
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Central Virginia
I've never tried to hatch shipped eggs, and this is why. I've read about poor hatches, and I can't bear the thought of it. I'm so sorry that you guys put out the money and invested your time, effort and love into your eggs, and then didn't get much of a return. I would be so disappointed.

The idea of finding (reasonably) local breeders and buying eggs from them really is a great idea. It's what I have done, and I've had fantastic hatches. Sure, I spent a couple of hours on the road, but it was worth it. To me, anyway.

And to those of you who have gotten great hatches from shipped eggs - Cool! Lucky you! I doubt that it would happen for me....
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gumpsgirl

Crowing
Premium Feather Member
11 Years
Mar 25, 2008
14,106
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Virginia
That is frustrating, you're right. I think everyone that has bought shipped eggs before, has been there done that. It is just a gamble you take when buying hatching eggs that are shipped. I've had to throw away a whole shipment before, but then I've also had a 100% hatch rate from shipped eggs. It's just one of those things, unfortunately.
 

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