Porus Eggs....Should I Throw a Fit?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by AdrienMarie, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. AdrienMarie

    AdrienMarie New Egg

    May 26, 2010
    Laurelville, Ohio
    I ordered some Bantam eggs from a guy off of eBay (who did have pretty good feedback), and recieved them today. I candled them, and these are some of the most porus eggs I have ever seen! Should I even waste my time setting them in the incubator? Should I write him and try for my money back? These are the first eggs I've bought, and mine look nice and solid when I candle them, so I know nothing about porus looking eggs. Any help?? Thanks!!
  2. SarahIrl

    SarahIrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2010
    West Cork, Ireland
    I hatched a few last time, one or two I thought would never do and were so bad to candle that I wasn't even sure they were ok at lockdown!! I'd put them in, and if they don't smell at day 18 candling, leave them in and wait and see!
  3. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

    Jan 4, 2009
    Claremore, OK
    Personally, unless your egg looks like a sandblaster hit it repeatedly and you can semi-see through the holes into the egg without a candler, they are fine (for me at least) to put into the incubator. I never toss out an egg that has cosmetic damage (unless the membrane is broken).
  4. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Some of mine that candled porus hatched fine.

    Some that were thick shelled and hard to see through weren't even fertile. LOL
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Porous eggs will hatch just fine.
  6. hoppy

    hoppy I'm not all fluff

    May 5, 2007
    central maine
    I put a thin layer of elmers glue over part of the egg (still needs to be able to breath so not all of the egg).
    this is something I have ready about, just tried it for this last hatch.
  7. AdrienMarie

    AdrienMarie New Egg

    May 26, 2010
    Laurelville, Ohio
    I put 'em in, and give them a shot then! I had read on one of the university websites that a porus egg was probably a defeciency in what the chickens were eating, and that most don't hatch. Since others have had good luck, I'll try it out.
  8. BawGock

    BawGock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 21, 2009
    Idaho Panhandle, USA
    I have never had a reduced success on porous eggs. [​IMG]
    If I set a batch that have both porous and nonporous egg I just keep a closer eye on the porous eggs to make sure they don't dry down to fast.
    I think your eggs are going to do fine. [​IMG]
  9. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

    Jan 18, 2008
    Newman Lake, WA
    Quote:I discussed this at length with Peter Brown last year. It can be nutritional or just genetic.

    I ended up giving my birds a special vitamin concoction I purchased from Peter and it did nothing for the porous eggs my wheatens and blue wheatens were laying.

    In my readings about this, I have found it is often linked to birds that are very good layers. It seems the egg travels through the oviduct faster and doesn't get as much calcium laid down.

    I really have had no problems hatching mine and do nothing different when I set my eggs.

    However, since these are not your birds you just may want to keep an eye on them as it could be nutritional. Not everyone supplements their breeder flock to maintain their health and to hatch healthy chicks.

    Good luck,
  10. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Quote:Don't believe everything you read...even on university sites. Experience is the best teacher. They speak in VERY general terms with huge amounts of eggs.

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