Thoughts on hatching "old" eggs?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Chickies2020, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. Chickies2020

    Chickies2020 In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2015
    So, USPS royally messed up my shipment of fertilized campbells duck eggs. Today is 3/12 and they were laid on 2/28... so about 13 days old. The seller said to set them big end up so the air sack settles in the right spot for 8 hours and to let them come to room temperature. They've been in the NW Pacific in a box for the last 10 days, so cool weather but not below freezing.

    Thoughts on if any might hatch? I know its hard to say since shipping can be hard on them... are they too old?

  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I am not a hatcher. @Orca5094 ?
    @learycow ?
  3. Imthe1whoquacks

    Imthe1whoquacks In the Brooder

    Mar 10, 2016
    West Virginia
    I'm not an expert by any means, especially on ducks. But chicken eggs need rotated daily if they aren't placed in the incubator within about five or so days. The outlook doesn't look good on 13 day old eggs.

    I ordered Cayuga eggs once and they took a few days to arrive and when they did they were stuck directly in our mailbox about a mile away with no call to the house given. 70% of the eggs were cracked or scrambled inside. I tried to hatch the ones that made it but the power went out while I was away and that was that :/

    Good luck. I hope it works out.
  4. Dubrovnik

    Dubrovnik In the Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Don't give up on them. I've got a two-week old dozen grocery store fertile eggs in the 'bator on day seven. Four are developing.

    Some of your duck eggs might hatch.

  5. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Songster

    Jul 26, 2014
    Shipped eggs typically have a much lower hatch rate just due to the potential rough shipping and temperature fluctuations in transit, but it's always worth a try! 13 days old is not TOO terrible, but not great either. It's always best to incubate eggs no more than 7 days old, but up to 10 days old is also ok. After that the hatch rate does drop pretty quickly.

    So basically, you'll probably have a low hatch rate, but you never know! Some eggs can be very resilient. Best to stick them in the incubator and see what happens. You should be able to see development by Day 7 of incubation. Good luck! And come back to tell us how it goes! :)
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2016
  6. Chickies2020

    Chickies2020 In the Brooder

    Apr 12, 2015
    Thanks all! I decided to put them in the incubator and see what happens. I'll post up after I've candled on day 7 :)

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