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Trader Joes & Other Grocery Store Egg Hatching Club - Are you a Member

Discussion in 'Hatch-A-Longs' started by GardeNerd, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

    Dec 8, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    How can you tell whether or not the TJs eggs are fresh enough to hatch?
  2. Serrin

    Serrin Songster

    Wait! Whoa!! WHAT??? Trader Joe's eggs are FERTILE?!?!?! [​IMG]

    I've heard of the chain stores from when we lived on the west side of the Cascades (Olympia, Washington) but I don't think there are any in the Spokane area...to my knowledge.

    I had NO idea they were selling fertile eggs. One doesn't automatically think of store bought eggs, even cage free/free range eggs, as being fertile. THAT blows my mind even more than y'all actually hatching any of them out! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2010
  3. dovecanyon

    dovecanyon Songster

    Oct 15, 2009
    Niland, CA
    Not all Trader Joe's eggs are fertile. The carton will say FERTILE in big letters on the top. It seems that not all Trader Joe's sell the fertile eggs, as there are many posts of folks not finding them in their area.
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  4. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

  5. Dread Pirate Roberts

    Dread Pirate Roberts Songster

    Jan 20, 2009
    Quote:Check the pack date. Todays date, 2/5/2010 would appear as 036. As long as it is within a week or so, you have a chance of it working. Here is a good graphic:

    I've noticed that the "sell by" date seems to always be 30 days later, but it's written in "traditional format" MM/DD/YYYY, so I just check that, subtract a month, and roll with that as the assumed packing date (which is pretty much the date laid, yeah?).

    It's not that big of a deal to figure out the Gregorian date, especially in February, but when it gets to be later on in the year and I'm busy scoping out the clientele at TJ's, I just can't be bothered. [​IMG]
  6. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    [​IMG] Well, They aren't TJ eggs, It's 60 miles to Trader Joe's and I don't know for sure if our TJ in Nashville carries the fertile eggs BUT I did buy a dozen 3 day old big beautiful brown eggs from our local Amish store. They are from a flock of free range chickens with both hens & roosters. I didn't crack any open to see, just popped them into the bator before I turned it on. Can I join the TJ club??? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sure make the Americauna-Bs look small [​IMG] They all candled great. Since I will have to transfer the Americaunas to the other bator Tuesday, will candle again then just to 'see what I can see' [​IMG] Would anyone care to guess about the parents from the eggs? [​IMG]

  7. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    Madcap....I did the same thing! I got mine from the local market. They are in the bator now, and developing!

    I really wanted to hatch a TJ's chick, but I'm starting to believe only the California stores sell fertile eggs. I called my local store and the manager didn't have a clue what I was talking about.
  8. GardeNerd

    GardeNerd Songster

    Okay, how about a store egg hatching club?! The more the merrier!
  9. Madcap621

    Madcap621 Songster

    Oct 30, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    I'm IN --- and so eggcited! [​IMG] I can hardly wait to candle these eggs Tuesday! They were actually easier to see into than the Ameracaunas! Mayhap I will finally get to see veining and -- dare I hope [​IMG] --- Dancing???[​IMG]
  10. countrychics

    countrychics Chirping

    Jan 21, 2010
    south boston virginia
    [​IMG] too cool , never even heard of a trader joes in virginis (lol... east coast) he should ship eggs too, hahahahahaha [​IMG]

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