shipped eggs question

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by dstinett, Jan 6, 2015.

  1. dstinett

    dstinett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My shipped eggs arrived. All intact with 2 extra. All air cells were jiggily and odd shaped. After 24 hour rest, no improvement. Can eggs still develop?
     
  2. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

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    Mine were the same way, still jiggly after resting for 24 hours. When I put them in the incubator, I set them in a cut down egg carton (fat end up) with holes cut in the bottom for air flow and I didn't turn them for the first 4 days. When I checked the air cells again, most of them had reattached. When I candled them on day 7, they were all attached again (though a couple were/are saddle shaped).

    Good luck!
     
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  3. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All you can do is try, but just be prepared in case they don't hatch.

    Unfortunately, this is a common problem with shipped eggs. My last batch of shipped eggs I got were exactly like yours with jiggly, deformed air cells. I was very disappointed, but tried all I could to help them. I let them rest for 24 hours before putting them into the incubator, put them in cut-down egg cartons, and didn't turn them for the first few days of incubation. That may have helped a little with stabilizing the air cells, but I still only had one egg out of 14 hatch, and she had to be assisted out because she was upside down (started hatching from the small end of the egg and then got stuck).

    That said, some people still somehow have good luck with shipped eggs, so I wish you luck with your batch! :)
     
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  4. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was told to let the eggs rest for 12 hours with my shipped eggs. Should I have let them sit for 24 hours? This is not good....They are in the incubator and in the egg turner. It has been 3 days, should I check them?
     
  5. dstinett

    dstinett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they have been in the incubator na Turner for 2 hours I guess I should turn off the Turner
     
  6. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    TamiHunter: Were your air cells loose or jiggly before incubating? If not, then no worries! Letting them rest longer before incubating and then not turning for the first few days is just to help those with air cell problems to restabilize. If the air cells looked ok before incubating, then resting 12 hours is probably sufficient.

    dstinett: Yeah, I would turn the turner off so they can have time to reattach. If they are continually turning and shifting in there, the air cells won't have a chance to stabilize. This is just from all the advice I have gotten and read about bad air cells. It's also really important for eggs to be turned the first week of incubation, so it's kind of a catch 22 if you ask me. So hard to know the right thing to do sometimes. :/
     
  7. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A couple of them were iffy..I will candle them tonight and see what's going on. If I get no fuzzy butts outta this I will at least have come out with more knowledge on incubating shipped eggs. :)
     
  8. dstinett

    dstinett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My thoughts exactly. I knew the risks but I would not rest til I tried
     
  9. TamiHunter

    TamiHunter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will continue to incubate shipped eggs till I get it right! I have always had a great hatch rate when incubating my own eggs. I will master this! :)
     
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  10. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good luck to both of you! I have sworn off shipped eggs. Too much heartache for me. At least now I have a breeding pair so I can hopefully hatch my own eggs in the spring. :)
     
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