shipped eggs, hatch rate

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by scooter147, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't order chicks through the mail due to minimum order requirements and the last time I did it several years ago it was a nightmare getting my chicks. I live in suburbia (post office had no experience with live chicks) and they actually put the chicks on the truck to be delivered to the house instead of calling me and of course it was a record cold day for April.

    Anyway, I am thinking of ordering eggs, if I can get a 50% hatch rate from a dozen eggs I will be more than happy.

    Can anyone share there experiences with hatch rates and shipped eggs?
     
  2. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    if you can get hatch rates of 85% or so with local type eggs...you should get 50-60% with mailed...you will get ranges if you look around on here of 0% to 100%...my normal has probably been around that 50-60%...
     
  3. AHappychick

    AHappychick Wanna-be Farmer

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    for me shipped eggs have been a mixed bag. I had 85 % hatch rate on my runner ducks but only a 30-40% hatch rate on the 4 different chicken eggs I had sent. Although it has always been in winter so that may have had something to do with it. Oh and I would only buy eggs from BYC members I think the quality is better than many of the people on e-bay if you were thinking of going that route.
     
  4. scooter147

    scooter147 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will definately try the BYC "club" first. That being said I am looking for Golden Lakevelders to start. Although I use broody hens instead of a bator so I will have to wait a few more weeks for one of my old reliables to go broody.
     

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