Originally Posted by quackshack74
Good morning. I tried helping a little after I posted that picture of the external pip. Because she wasn't breathing. Maybe you're correct that she hit a vein. I'm so sad! I let her rest for about 1 hour after I found that pip & wish I woyld have gone with my gut that she was in danger. I didn't want to make an emotional decision. The other egg quit too. I'm doomed for hatching this year I think. Ugh:hit
Was there blood? It was hard to tell from the pic but something didn't look right. It looked to dark, like blood. I'm sorry you lost that one but each hatch and each loss is a HUGE learning experience.
Originally Posted by AmyLynn2374
Tonight is lockdown for me. I can't see crap in most of these eggs. I need to get some new batteries and see if I can at least tell if they are all still going. I'd get one of those super bright military flashlights they were advertising, but I fear they'd be blinded for life. This little light I have is great when it's got brand new batteries, but it drains batteries really fast. Doesn't matter whether they are duracel or dollar store batteries. My previous plans were to leave Friday for my weekend away. (Just to clarify, my weekend away is not by myself...lol My son is going too. It's "our" weekend away I guess I should say.) I might have a chance to get out of here Thursday night. Thursday is OFFICIAL hatch day. My hatches generally usually run most of their courses on day 19/20, but the bator has been so steady for this incubation that with my luck they will actually hatch on time instead of early. And even though my sister will be here and technically the babies are for her, I'm a better assister....lol Ok, she actually sucks assisting, She had too many assists die. So I'm hoping that the babies are all hatched by Thursday afternoon at the latest.
You're cutting it close but you do usually hatch early.
Originally Posted by ShanandGem
Does anyone use a flashlight for candling that they love? I have been using our big Maglight and while it's plenty bright enough it's BIG and heavy and hard to wrap my hand around the end to capture the light. I had a toilet paper roll taped around the end but there was some complaining from the husband about me 'ruining' his good flashlight. I also worry about dropping it on an egg or whacking an egg with it since it's solid metal and weighs about 5 lbs.
I have quite the collection of candlers and a couple packs of those flat round batteries. My favorite one is one I picked up at the gas station for $6. It's small, super bright (led) and super light weight, which makes it easy to take pics while I hold the candler and the egg in the same hand. But...it's shaped like a bullet! LOL!
Originally Posted by WVduckchick
I locked down the 6 bantam cochin eggs last night. All 6 that I set were fertile and all 6 made it to lockdown. Could see a bit of draw down this morning (through the window)
Nice!! Can't wait to see pics!!
Originally Posted by BantyChooks
Hi again everyone! Been a while.
Anyway- I just recently set a batch of shipped eggs, and was able to see veining in quite a few. Some of them have rather funny air cells, they were saddled at first, but now seem to have gotten worse
and are completely free-floating?
They seem to have fluid in them as well. Does this mean they probably won't re-attach and are scrambled? Thanks!!
ETA: I am on Day 7.
Did you put them in a auto-turner? Bubbles is not a good thing!Edited by Staff