Hey Amy, I was just checking on the air sacks on my 6 eggs that are goin into lockdown Monday and decided one of my ancona eggs on day 16 looked dead. There were no veins on the egg's shell and the inside was dark and cloudy. I could see black blotches that were probably parts of the embryo. The shell itself had 2 dark blemishes that started up on it as well. After candling it for a couple minutes, searching for signs of movement or veins and finding only a dark cloud sloshing around inside half of the egg I decided to call it and removed it. I cracked it only to find a fairly well developed embryo and a bunch of veins inside the yolk that I was unable to see when candling. It didn't move but I thought I could see its chest move up n down ever so slightly a couple times even though my wife said I was crazy. Could that chick still have hatched or once the veins recede from the shell linings is it a goner? I hate to think I killed a chick but I don't wanna do it again if I did screw up and pull it too soon. I've been watching this particular egg for bout a week now and finally decided to call it before it built up a bunch of bacteria.
So when they hit that "ugly stage" I bet that looked so funny... LOL, I can only imagine. hahaha when my silkies would hit the ugly stage, OMG, I laugh at them all the time.. First thought is OH MY GOD, what am I going to do with you, no one is going to want you. But the end results is usually a keeper..