I recently bought an incubator and I have 7 eggs in there currently . 3 are close to the hatch date... yesterday I heard one peep and peck at the inside of the egg a little bit..... I candled them today to see how they were doing and it seems like when I turn the egg in the light the whole inside is runny now... I am not sure what happened.. are they dead... should I wait.. :(
Did you candle all the eggs, or just a couple? Eggs that are ready to hatch will be pretty much completely black inside (full of chick). Theres no way one would go from full and dark, to clear. And, what exactly do you mean by runny? Are the eggs clear? Dark and you're seeing moisture/liquid in the air cell? If its the first, I'd guess those eggs never started or quit early. If its the second, I'd guess your humidity was too high the first 18 days or at lockdown.
What was your temp and humidity the first 18 days? What were they at lockdown? What kind of incubator are you using? Is it a still air or forced air? Did you calibrate all of your instruments before you got started?
Unfortunately, we need a good bit of information to be able to try and help you. Your post was a little vague, which is probably why no one responded.
I just purchased the Brinsea mini advanced incubator.. I had 3 eggs that the hen stopped sitting on and I candeled them and they were very full... I even heard one tapping.. but the next day when I checked.. I candeled them and they were a runny mess... I just broke them open and they were all dead... I have 3 others that are in the first stage of development.. when I candle them I can see them moving around and the veins on the egg..
The incubator I have set to 99.5 degrees and I took all the liquid out of the middle compartment thinking that the humidity killed them and I do not want it to do the same.. any suggestions on keeping them alive. I just went by the instructions in the manual it came with.. this is my first time using an incubator :(
Good luck, sorry about the lost babies.
Edited by howfunkyisurchicken - 3/16/16 at 10:39am
Theres a steep learning curve when it comes to incubating. We all learn it, unfortunately I've had my fair share of dead eggs to deal with But, I learned from them, did more research, and tried again. I made little adjustments to each hatch, and the results were better each time. Now I have a pretty set formula and get pretty good hatch rates. Most of the time, things happen. Make some tweaks, do some research and try, try again. You'll be so glad you did when you have cute little chicklets running around!!!