The Hardest Part...
Today was day 23. No more pips had come. My already hatched chicks were fluffy and running around in the brooder. Candling the eggs did not reveal any internal pips. Tapping the eggs while pressing them against my ear, did not bring forth any peeps. Floating them in a glass of warm water did not reveal any movement. Today I made the decision to explore the eggs and see if any were still alive. I followed the directions on the assisted hatching guide. Gently opening the eggs and revealing their contents.
Even though I expected the results, there is always that part of me that holds on to that last sliver of hope. That tiny voice that says,
"but maybe they're still alive".
The part of me that cries at the sight of a little chick, perfect, pretty, and still.
The remaining chicks were all deceased. Four had passed in the last days before hatching, one has passed a bit earlier.
I think they were not positioned correctly, but I'm not 100% sure.
Eggtopsies are messy. If you are not trying to potentially save a "might still be alive" chick, I suggest you do them inside a zip lock baggie. I was looking for survivors, so my kitchen towels took one for the team.
Click here if you would like to see the results of my Eggtopsy, but remember it's graphic.
During the exploration I was very calm, it was interesting to see the way they were packaged inside the egg, the veins on the inner membrane, the unabsorbed yolks. It wasn't until everything was over, after I had posted my pictures, wrapped up the little bodies, and cleaned off the counter, that the little sliver of hope inside me burst.
So I cried.
I was bummed, those little Serama broke my heart, and so I got it all out.
Grief is best dealt with completly and thoroughly so you can move on! Life has taught me this.
And then, I was done!
I am so thoroughly thrilled with my seven wonderful fuzz butts!!! In every hatch you probably will lose chicks. With shipped eggs you WILL lose chicks. That's just the nature of the beast!
But, you also GET chicks! WOOT!!!
I can't wait to see them grow up and collect their gorgeous blue eggs!
My experience hatching shipped eggs was AWESOME! I learned a lot and had lots of fun doing it. I am very thankful to @Sally Sunshine for shipping me my eggs, all the way from Pennsylvania! And also for giving me lots of advice as we went along.
And of course, I'm sterilizing my incubators in anticipation for "next time"!
Edited by venymae - 11/28/15 at 10:41pm