What do Xrays do to fertilized eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Mandymooligan, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Mandymooligan

    Mandymooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do Xrays cause eggs to not develope? I just got 36 eggs 15 did not develope at all. The air cells were intact and when I cracked them open everything looked in very good shape except they didn't develope. My eggs are incubating right along side of them and they are growing very well. I had asked that the words Do Not Xray be written on the box but it did not happen, otherwise they were well packed.
     
  2. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the boxhad been xrayed, likely nould have developed. Hatch rates with shipped eggs are lower in general, so that'd be my guess. I had a USPS worker recently tell me they no longer xray packages.
     
  3. Mandymooligan

    Mandymooligan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Believe me I know about shipped eggs and all their problems. These just looked so good. I have had some very successful hatches lately of some silkies thankfully..
     
  4. MamaMarcy

    MamaMarcy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sometimes my keyboard skips. I meant to say that if they had xrayed it I doubt any would have developed.
     

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