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#1 2015-06-10 20:22:32

shaneb99
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From: Strathmore
Registered: 2012-08-28
Posts: 1850

Does packing affect the hatch

I'm interested in why shipped eggs are so variable in their hatch rates.  Some batches can have high rates and some low.  I know there are a lot of variables involved but one the shipper can control is how the eggs are packed. 

I would like your feedback on how eggs you either send or receive are packed and then how they hatch.  If you are a shipper how you pack, ie wrapped in tissue, foam or bubble wrap. In a carton or individually etc. and then what type of feedback you get from customers about hatching success.  If you are a buyer how are the eggs you receive are packed and what type of success do you have.

This is purely to share ideas and see what other people do.  Thanks.


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#2 2015-06-10 20:57:48

yardbirds
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From: just north of Yorkton, Sk
Registered: 2011-08-02
Posts: 9493

Re: Does packing affect the hatch

Well I can say the shipping process is definitely to blame.  I can say this, because I have received hatching eggs from the same person by two different shipping methods.

First shipment was eggs placed in egg cartons with no additional cushioning and travelled by car from west of Edmonton to south eastern Sask and then I picked them up by car and brought them home. There were no broken eggs, cracked eggs or displaced air cells and my hatch rate was 12 out of 14 eggs.

The second shipment was by Expresspost and the eggs were individually wrapped in bubble wrap, placed in cartons that were secured shut, placed in a box with additional bubble wrap and packaging material to prevent movement, and out of 30 eggs, 4 were cracked (2 leaking) and of the 26 I'd candled, pretty much 18 have displaced air cells. I am on day 6 of incubation and 6 appear clear (either non-fertile or scrambled) and another 4 appear to have blood rings.

I won't know the hatch rate on these for another little over 2 weeks.  I will keep everyone posted.


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#3 2015-06-10 21:35:33

heda gobbler
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From: Tatlayoko Lake, BC
Registered: 2009-01-26
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Re: Does packing affect the hatch

I won't buy eggs that have to be shipped any more - have had SUCH bad luck with them.  I feel that the less air they get the worse the results, among many other things (shaken, dropped, old, etc).


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