Here is some
of information in regards to eggs bought in auctions or online.
SELLER We post the freshest eggs available, package eggs securely in
new poly boxes designed for the purpose and use either 1st
class recorded or special delivery postage.
Circumstances beyond my control" are words often used by an egg sellers in
reference to after the eggs leave their care. This covers: rough handling by the
Post Office or other courier when the package is en-route; changes in
temperature, the eggs being in direct sunlight, very near a heater or air
conditioner and out in the cold. As far as after the eggs are received by a
buyer, the seller does not necessarily know or should not be held responsible
for "circumstances beyond control" that could have an adverse effect
on a buyer's hatch, such as: not "resting" the eggs properly before
setting; not properly disinfecting the incubator (or other equipment) between
hatches; incubation equipment failure; power outages; kids or pets disturbing
the incubator; incubator having been placed in too warm or too cool an area;
incubator being opened too often or for too long a period of time; improper
humidity levels; improper turning, etc. It therefore be should be assumed that a
seller has no responsibility for posted eggs after they leave their hands. 99%
of sellers are honest people, who do their up most to ensure you receive your
eggs quickly and in perfect condition.
Unwrap eggs and allow to settle for
24 hours before placing in the incubator. Your incubator should have
been on for a couple of days and running at a steady temperature before
placing you eggs in it. The incubator should have been cleaned and
disinfected prior to use.
How far along
are the eggs? When will they hatch?
Will they be
OK in the airing cupboard?
Got the eggs
OK, what now?
Some of you
may be having a quiet snigger to yourselves others maybe saying “and? What are
the answers” truth is these are genuine messages I have received after people
have received eggs. Please note: to hatch eggs you must have an incubator or a
broody hen, the airing cupboard just
including myself test their eggs on a regular basis for fertility and may include
the results in their listings, but can this can only be used as a guide, you are
buying eggs NOT the guarantee or implied guarantee of any hatch rate. We are
selling a product of Mother Nature and cannot be held personally responsible for
fertility rates, shapes or sizes.
Here are a few
helpful egg terms
FERTILE - An egg that could develop an embryo is fertile. This does NOT
mean it is necessarily an egg that will hatch. Also, it is NOT
a safe assumption that because it did not hatch/develop, that it was not
- An egg that is capable of surviving (hatching). Not all fertile eggs are
necessarily viable. Some eggs may develop, but the chick may not pip, or the
chick may pip but die before hatching. This is usually an incubation problem, typical of
EGG - A clear egg is NOT necessarily an infertile egg. A clear egg is one in which no
embryonic development is seen. This could be due to improper egg storage, rough
handling in posting, or incubator problems as far as regulation of heat,
opening incubator too frequently or for too long a period of time, chilling an
As for the
freshness of eggs and hatchability; I have seen on sources on the internet state
that you must incubate an egg within 7 days of being laid; It is BEST
to do this, and the viability or hatchability of the egg may decrease after
7 days, especially if it is not stored under optimal conditions. The average hen
will lay a lot more than 7 eggs before deciding to sit, some ornamental
fowl do not lay eggs every day but will still successfully hatch 10 or more
eggs. Our eggs are never more than 3 days when posted.
If you want a guarantee of 100%
Fertility, Viability and Hatchability please do not purchase eggs online
nobody can guarantee this.
Hope this has
been of some help