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question about development of shipped eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chkinut, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    hi all! i have 3 sets of eggs in the bator....all bought and shipped about 2 weeks before christmas. crazy i know! i was so excited about the eggs, i didn't even stop to think "hey, won't the PO have loads of packages around this time of year?".....anyway, 2 out of the 3 pkgs arrived in great condition and in good timing. the 3rd, all eggs were intact, but not packed very well and a corner of the box was smooshed. my eggs are now on days 16, 15, and 14. i candled on day 11ish and had to throw 9 eggs away total (out of 37). all the rest are thriving. what i'm wondering is, if eggs experience shipping damage, will they develop at ALL? the eggs that are left....are they out of woods as far as not hatching BECAUSE OF shipping?

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    If eggs are developing normally on day 11, they should make it to lock down. Pretty good percentage of viable eggs considering that they were shipped. Your incubator is doing a good job.
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    With any shipped eggs, I am happy with a 50% development and/or hatch rate. In "extreme" temps (really cold, really hot) if I buy eggs and have them shipped, I make sure to get them from the closest seller I can find. They fare much better with the shorter trip. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
  4. hinkjc

    hinkjc Crowing Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Agree, rough handling would cause no formation or early embryo death (within the first week). Good luck with your hatch! [​IMG]
  5. chkinut

    chkinut Songster

    Feb 25, 2010
    Leesburg, Ohio
    Quote:i have a hovabator 1588.....i just fill up the center well and it keeps humidity around 40 - 42%. i've been better this year too (2nd year hatching)....haven't candled a lot (like i did last year!!! [​IMG] ) i try to leave them alone! i also read that forever long thread about humidity levels and i think it really educated me! i love BYC!! and thanks guys for the info!!!

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