shipped eggs hatch rate?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by OldMcDnld, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two American Game hens sitting on 13 eggs total. It will be their first hatch and the eggs are all different breeds. I had these eggs two day shipped from pretty far away. What kind of hatch rate should I be expecting?


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  2. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Depends on how they were handled during shipping but games are very good mothers, so I would imagine it will still be better than an incubator hatch. I'm thinking like 75%+ with no other issues. But just a guess
     
  3. AmyLynn2374

    AmyLynn2374 Humidity Queen

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    50% on shipped eggs is considered good. With that being said, a lot does have to do with handling during shipping. I've seen shipped eggs have 100% hatch rate and I've seen big fat 0% percent. If you candle and get a look at the air cells before setting, it'll usually give you a better idea as to what to expect. A lot of detatched air cells and you can typically count on a lower hatch rate. The one nice thing about incubating shipped versus broody incubation shipped is you have the ability to incubate upright and control over turning in the incubator to theoretically improve air cells.

    Good luck with the hatch!
     
  4. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today is day ten. I have not candled at all but I did settle the eggs for 6 hours. I wanted to get them under the hens pretty quickly to keep them as fresh as possible. Candling now sounds like an ordeal due to how ridiculously protective these hens are of their clutches.
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  5. AmyLynn2374

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    LOL I know how that can be. I have one Spitz that when she goes broody all you have to do is look at her and she screams like someone is chopping her head off...lol
     
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  6. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So without starting a Ford vs Chevy debate, I was wondering if medicated starter feed is necessary. These two hens (Bonnie and Phoebe) are the only ones so the chicks will be raised in the coop.
     
  7. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's your choice. I never ever use medicated feed. Waste of money in my opinion.
     
  8. AmyLynn2374

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    Some say ya, some say no. The chicks I incubate and brood inside I buy one bag of the medicated to start them off and when it's gone, they go to regular starter crumbles. The broody chicks I (my hens...lol) hatched out last fall started out on all flock crumbles.
     
  9. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It seems the consensus is non-med for my situation [​IMG]
     
  10. OldMcDnld

    OldMcDnld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I candled one last night and it looks exactly like what it should. Starting to get excited [​IMG]
     
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