Shipped eggs and hatch rates

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matt14132, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. matt14132

    matt14132 Chirping

    Oct 16, 2017
    Sanborn, NY

    I have hatched many eggs that have been shipped to me from different states.
    I was looking at some more cochin eggs that I would like to order but wanted to ask a question about weather.

    I live in Western NY. Right now, temps are in the low 30s during the day. Now, if I order these eggs, does anyone think there is a good chance in some of them developing?

    The reason I ask is because I'm not sure what happens to the eggs after they leave the sellers hands. I am not familiar with what the post office does with eggs.
    Basically I am wondering if the eggs will be kept at a somewhat stable temp, or if they will be exposed to cold for extended periods of time during transit?

    All the eggs that I have hatched in the past that were shipped to me, were shipped in the summer and I really didn't have any concerns about temperature......but now I do...

    Thank you all in advance for the advice.
  2. Altfrizzle

    Altfrizzle Songster

    Sep 1, 2017
    Ridgefield, CT
    They will be exposed to cold, although if they're packed well they should have a chance.

    Mail trucks aren't heated.
  3. allbirds4me

    allbirds4me Chirping

    Jun 12, 2015
    actually as long as they don't freeze ( they prob. won't if packed well, lots of peanuts around them , etc. for insulation ) the cooler temps. are better for shipped eggs.
    The heat is actually more detrimental to eggs before incubation .
    Not sure what the temps. are like in those airplane cargo areas but they will prob. go through warm and cold times during their trip, in/out of post offices , vehicles .
  4. matt14132

    matt14132 Chirping

    Oct 16, 2017
    Sanborn, NY
    Cool that makes me feel a little bit better, thanks! :woot
  5. Arielle2

    Arielle2 Songster

    Oct 18, 2016
    Massachusetts, USA
    Modern shipping of packages is very fast in the US. Having said that Christmas causes a back log so I would not order until after Christmas.

    A good shipper will wrap every egg individually in buble wrap. This insulates the egg and buffers it thru the tumblers at the distribution centers. I rebox to have a second layer of padding around the inner box with the eggs. In the past my turkey eggs have 100% hatch rates.

    I have received too many badly packed eggs that dont hatch, and compared methods.

    Fertility is usually low during the winter months. This will also affect hatching rates. Be aware of the location you are buying from. Ask about the fertility rates before buying.
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