would you tell the seller?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by slackwater, May 21, 2011.

  1. slackwater

    slackwater Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, I am NOT a newbie to hatching shipped eggs, and I KNOW that things don't always go well. I've had hatches range from 100% to none. However, recently, I hatched three sets of eggs at once - one set from myself, one set from a seller whom I have bought from before, and one set from a new seller. Mine hatched so-so - not sure what is wrong with that breeding pen, but that has been par for the course - nothing new there. The one from the "repeat seller" hatched about 50% - not so great in the one breed that I REALLY wanted to hatch, but great in the other two. And the eggs from the new seller hatched at 33% (2 out of 6 eggs). Of those two chicks - both died at around 8 days of age, from no apparent cause. They are brooded with everyone else - same feed (medicated chick starter), same water, same heat lamp, bedding, etc - yet they...just...died. Failure to thrive - they didn't even seem to be growing like their hatchmates (different origin eggs, same hatch date).

    I lean towards some sort of weakness in the chicks themselves, since all of their hatchmates are alive and thriving. Those two are the only two that I've lost.

    Am I reading too much into this? Just a coincidence? Or would you let the seller know that their chicks may be weaker than others, for some unknown reason?
     
  2. math ace

    math ace Overrun With Chickens

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    It could be weaker than the others. . .. but you have no idea how differently the post office handled them.

    I always let the seller know how my hatches turn out - - - good or bad. I am normally hatching like you did - - -
    some of mine, some shipped, some of I went and picked up from someone else locally.

    Out of the kindness of their heart. . . . the seller may offer to resend eggs for cost of shipping.

    I have noticed a trend of eggs shipped in the hotter season ( 90 plus degrees),
    do not seem to do as well as the eggs I received in cooler weather (50 - 70 degrees).
     
  3. Doctim

    Doctim Out Of The Brooder

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    Just my opinion but 6 eggs is an awful small sample to be drawing any conclusions from. That said it is still worth having the discussion. It may be part of a trend they will recognize with your added data. If I were the seller, I'd want to know.
    Tim
     

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