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I think this has turned into the most expensive egg I have ever hatched!!! I paid $104 for 12 turkey eggs 7 Royal Palm & 5 Blue Palm and I ended up with 1 being viable after the USPS got done. 3 arrived crushed and 8 had broken yolks, at least the guy I bought from has offered me more as soon as I let him know how many survived. On the up side the one that did survive is a Blue Palm which was what I was looking forward to the most. I do have 5 more Royal Palm eggs waiting for the incubator to empty this weekend and I'm going to give it another go. Now I'm just waiting to see if my 5 goose eggs have made it to the end, when I candled them after 2 weeks they were all viable and when I candled them a few days ago they were full so I have my fingers crossed that all 5 live to hatch. I had 7 chicken eggs that developed then just before hatch died, 1 Welsummer, 1 Splash Cochin, 2 Blue Orpingtons, & 3 Lavender Orpingtons.
As soon as the button quail that are in my second incubator hatch I think I'll add some eggs from the assortment we have out here in the yard and see what I get for mixed breeds I'm also going to add a few duck eggs at the same time and see what I come up with there - my 2 drakes are a Rouen & a Chocolate Call and my females are 2 Rouen, 2 Black Swedish, 1 Mallard, and 2 White Call.
I had a similar experience years ago when we started. It was the only time I've ordered eggs and it's one of the reasons why we now hatch everything on farm...but you gotta start somewhere.
Good luck with everything. Sounds like it will be a beautiful family!