Shipped hatching eggs experiment?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by quailbiddy, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. quailbiddy

    quailbiddy Hatching

    Jun 6, 2016
    Do you think refrigerating shipped eggs for an hour or two, after allowing them to settle, might help with air cell disruption? I am thinking about trying it with a couple of my shipped eggs, when they arrive. My thinking is:

    *Fertile eggs can be hatched after refrigeration, although the rates may be lower
    *I plan to use the ones with the most displaced/disrupted air cells, so even if refrigeration doesn't help re-attach the cells, I am probably not risking much
    *Cold contracts, which is why I am thinking this could work, although my logic could be off.

    I plan to let the eggs settle for 24 hours, refrigerate vertically, 2 for 2 hours, and 2 for 4 hours (I am expecting two dozen shipped eggs in a couple of days, so 4 isn't a big deal for me to "sacrifice").

    Also, why has no one invented a gyroscopic egg shipping container?
  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Crowing

    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    Well, cold contracts air and expands water, so to me it would shrink up the air cell and expand the white, which could further detach it. In addition, the refrigerator has a drying effect, which may also be detrimental.

    Using only the worst eggs really isn't a good way to test the hypothesis anyway, because if it doesn't work you won't know if its because of the refrigeration messing up, the air cells being too bad for the refrigeration to help (if it were possible), or if the refrigeration had no effect but the air cells were just too bad either way. You would only be testing whether refrigeration helps really bad air cells, and your sample size is too small to make a significant conclusion.

    Re the gyroscopic shipping container... would you want to pay for that? Granted, its a total waste of money to order eggs and have them arrive scrambled, but people do have good success with them when they are packaged properly. The problem is not knowing if the seller did package them properly until they arrive.

    I suppose if you want, you could take a few fresh eggs and mark the air cells. Put them in the refrigerator and mark the air cell every day or so for a few days or a week. Give some more a good jostling and detach the air cells, and do the same for comparison. Have two control groups (detached and intact) that sit out on the counter that you also measure.

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