Ordering Hatching Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by laxrick, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. laxrick

    laxrick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm going to be ordering my first set of hatching eggs (ever) to put in my homemade incubator. I'm a little concerned though... if I order them to be shipped this time of year, will they still hatch?

    How can the shipper ensure that the hatching eggs arrive to me still "alive"? They are being shipped from southwestern PA to Maryland.
     
  2. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    I hatched eggs in December with excellent results. Eggs do better in cold weather. Best way to know they are alive is by looking at his feedback. Anytime you buy hatching eggs, its a risk. PO can really mess them up. The seller has no control over that.
     
  3. laxrick

    laxrick Out Of The Brooder

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    So the cold weather will not harm the eggs?
     
  4. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Nope. Technically its better. Hatching eggs should be stored 60F or under. So you should have a better hatch rate.
     
  5. laxrick

    laxrick Out Of The Brooder

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    Cool you learn something everyday. Could you tell I'm new to this? [​IMG]
     
  6. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    We all been there. What eggs you plan on getting?
     
  7. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    The other thing you got goin for you is that the shipping distance is not that far. That's a BIG plus! [​IMG] Good luck for a great hatch!!! Let ua all know how it goes!
     
  8. Marlinchaser

    Marlinchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Since this is your first eggs, and in a untested incubator I would consider getting eggs from someone local, that should take the problems with shipping out of the equation.

    Quote:The shipper will not ensure that they are still "alive" once they are dropped at the PO, it is out of the sellers hands.
     
  9. laxrick

    laxrick Out Of The Brooder

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    We all been there. What eggs you plan on getting?

    My wife's in love with the silkies. Couldn't find anyone local enough that some silkies that were laying to drive to, so I'm just gonna order 6 eggs and see what hatches.

    The incubator may be new and untested, but my temperatures are holding very steady with perfect humidity! [​IMG]
     
  10. Cason

    Cason Chillin' With My Peeps

    ALL incubators were new at one time. [​IMG]
     

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