I’m awful at keeping up with what’s going on in my own life.
The eggs I ordered from Meyer arrived last week and I completely intended to either get unboxing video or at least pictures. Neither of those happened since my brother and his family was here. So, here’s a basic recap of what happened.
The post office pissed me off.
And not so much my local office. Just the fact that USPS doesn’t seem to understand how tracking works. The box went missing for a full day, but I didn’t raise a fuss about it until it got into my ‘area’. You see, it doesn’t take 12 hours for a box to go from the sort facility to my post office. In fact, it takes less than an hour. Somehow my box disappeared once the truck left the sort facility. No one could find my box.
Around the time I was thinking about going and finding the box myself (nearly 30 mins to closing time) I got a call from the sorting room to come get my eggs. Someone was looking out for my box since I’d called and asked about it. The kicker is that no matter how many times I call it in, or how many places it’s written on the box, I’ve never been called to pick up my eggs. They’ve always been delivered. Thanks to my diligence and the lovely folks at my post office these eggs actually have a chance.
Getting them home.
I wasn’t able to open the box at the post office since they were getting ready to close and I didn’t want to hold them up after they’d been so nice. There wasn’t a need because these eggs were in the best shape I’ve ever received eggs in. A few air cells wiggled, but I know how to handle that and it wasn’t Meyer’s fault that it happened. Actually, it’s pretty rare to have so few displaced air cells.
The eggs were in foam shippers (like these, not an affiliate link probably not the best source either, but you get the point) and were cushioned on the top and bottom by four thick foam pads along with a paper egg crate at the top, not touching the eggs. This is honestly one of the best-packed boxes of eggs I’ve gotten. Honestly, I was surprised. Why? I didn’t know anything how Meyer ships their hatching eggs. I know how they ship chicks since I’ve ordered from them before.
Since a few of the air cells wiggled and because it should be standard practice with shipped eggs, I let the eggs sit for a little over 12 hours so they could settle and come to room temp before setting them in cartons. I did this for two reasons. One, the air cells were small which means they aren’t too old. Two, if you put the eggs in when they’re cool to the touch it can cause sweating which can introduce bacteria into the egg, thus ruining your chances of anything hatching. Now, on the other hand, if the air cells are large, the eggs are older and only need to sit out as long as it takes for them to come to room temp. In this case, if the air cells are moving, don’t turn them for 24 hours. Check them again after that time and if the air cells are still moving, wait another 24 hours. If that still doesn’t work you need to make sure you only tilt them from side to side in the carton to prevent further air cell damage. And finally, always incubate and hatch shipped eggs in cartons. It prevents so many problems. If you’d like me to write more on the subject of hatching eggs, leave me a comment so I know this is something there’s interest in!
How things are going.
It’s only day 5 at the time I’m writing this (you’ll see it when I’m on day 6) and I’ve candled the eggs to see how things are going and what the air cells look like. It’s way too early to tell, but it looks like only one isn’t developing. This is great for shipped eggs and it isn’t a problem at all. Meyer provided an extra egg, which brings my total up to 21. Basically, what I paid for is doing great. I have them set alongside my own eggs and they’re all developing wonderfully.
Keep in mind that I’m only expecting a 50% hatch rate. This has nothing to do with Meyer and everything to do with the conditions eggs go through when they’re shipped. 50% is a great hatch rate for shipped eggs. Having this many develop is great, too.
As it stands, I have an idea of what some of these eggs come from but for the most part, it’s a huge mystery. Cross your fingers and I hope I get a Brahma. I’d like at least a month with one so I know what to expect before I commit to buying eggs. I’ll update again in a few days with the day 7 candle update and again as each candle date comes up and my final numbers and thoughts at lockdown.