Turning Shipped Eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by PippinChicken, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. PippinChicken

    PippinChicken Chirping

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    Hi all,
    I'll be incubating my first batch of shipped eggs soon and have been reading about different procedures people use for them. I have seen a few people mention letting them set longer and, once they are in the incubator, NOT turning them for the first week. The explanation for this was that their air cells were likely damaged during shipping, and a week of not turning can give the air cells a better chance to grow normally. Of course, this goes against the usual view that frequent turning is vital for healthy development. I was wondering what everyone with experience hatching shipped eggs thinks about this topic. Any other tips about shipped eggs would be welcomed as well :)
     
  2. OneLuckeyWife

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    I got Silkie eggs shipped to me. I had them in an egg carton pointy side up for 24 hours, not in the fridge. Then put them in the incubator and turned them every 8 hours until day 19 of incubation. Silkies are hard to hatch once shipped but on day 25 one hatched!

    Since only one hatched she didn’t have other chicks around her. Fuzz is an inside chicken and very pampered. I try and make her go outside and be with the other chickens but she runs back inside.
     

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  3. Bryam

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    Omg!!! I love love love showgirls!!!
     
  4. Sipping hatching eggs via a common carrier, (UPS, USPS, or FED-X) has no bearing on what those eggs need to survive, develop, or hatch.

    Try not to order eggs to be shipped except during the high season of chicken reproductive behavior. This means maybe late March, and April, May, and maybe early June. As the laying season drags on the nutrients and vital energy required to hatch are depleted. I seriously doubt that any hatching egg merchant will tell you this but it is a fact of life.

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  5. bekkanblue

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    Ive got such me shipped eggs coming and plan to set them in 2 Mini Advanced incubators. I was planning on cutting up egg cartons to fit the Minis so the eggs can be upright. And when I finally start turning them I was thinking of just propping one side of the Mini up 4-6" at a 'turn'. Has anyone tried that? Thoughts? Thx!
     
  6. PippinChicken

    PippinChicken Chirping

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    I've heard of people doing that but hadn't tried it myself. Let me know how it goes! Are you worried about water spilling out of the well with the incubator at an angle like that?
     
  7. bekkanblue

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    I hadn't thought of that. Still debating what to do about turning. I set them today so it's hands off for a while! Hopefully.
     

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