SHIPPING EGGS INCUBATION & HATCH
(This is what works for me, if you have other experiences, please use it)
IF EGGS ARE BROKE, TAKE EGGS, BOX, & PACKING SLIP TO PO, THEY ARE INSURED, FOR UP TO $50, MUST BE DONE IN PERSON.
Place eggs point end down before placing into incubator, for 6 to 8 hours
Place eggs into incubator, point end down, DO NOT TURN FOR 7 DAYS (quail the first 5 days)
Day 8 turn eggs 3 plus times a day, until lockdown.
The last 4 days of incubation, the eggs go into lockdown (explained later).
Things you will need: a great incubator, automatic egg turner, thermometer, hygrometer, & egg light
Chicken Eggs: Temp 99.9 to 100.2 Humidity 40 to 55 %, 21 days total incubation. BANTAMS : 99.5 to 99.9
Quail Eggs: Temp 99.9 Humidity 40 to 50%, 17 days total incubation
Duck & Geese Eggs: Temp 99.5 to 99.7 Humidity 45 to 55% for 24 days then 50 to 60% for lockdown, ducks (most breeds) 28 days total incubation, Geese depending on breeds 28 to 32 days total incubation
Turkey Eggs: Temp 99.5 to 99.9 Humidity 45 to 55%, 28 days total incubation
Let eggs sit with point end down for 6 to 8 hours before placing in incubator. Place eggs in automatic turner with point end down inside the incubator.
DO NOT TURN EGGS for the first 7 days (quail the first 5 days), then turn eggs from day 3 until 4 days before hatch date (stop turning eggs 4 days before hatch day).
Chicken, Turkey, and Quail eggs on the last 4 days of incubation leave eggs standing point end down for hatching. For Ducks and Geese lay on their sides for hatching.
Candling Eggs: Candling eggs should be done once and on 7th day of incubation. It can be done once more at the same time when putting eggs into lockdown, but do this quick.
Lockdown: Leave eggs point end down (except duck, and geese), for the last 4 days of incubation close the incubator and do not open until 3 days after the first chick has hatched (except for life or death reasons and then close it back as soon as possible), if the incubator is opened during hatching process, this causes the inside layer of the egg to shrink wrap and dry around the chick causing suffocation and inability to hatch of the chicks.