It is very important to let your eggs sit in their carton for 24 to 48 hours after they have been transported home. The car journey or postal journey seems to unsettle the sperm from the yolk so that a chick will never grow.
It is preferable to let the eggs rest for 2 days so that the sperm and egg can reunite in the correct manner and chicks will then grow with incubation either under a clucky chook or in an incubator. Keep the eggs in a cool dry place for the 2 days and turn them once a day to keep the yolk from sticking to the shell.
If putting eggs under a clucky chook do so at dusk. The chook will be docile and you can remove the eggs she was sitting on and replace them with the fertile eggs without her fussing too much. You can wait until dark but then you will need to use a torch so that you can see what you are doing. Remove all the eggs from under the clucky before putting the fertile eggs under her so that the 2 lots of eggs don’t get mixed up.
If you do not have any eggs to keep her sitting until the 2 days have passed from transporting your fertile eggs home then you can have her sitting on a few golf balls for the time being.
Notes from Jenny Davis
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