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Detachable Or Loose air sacs.........HELP!

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I ordered some call duck eggs off of EBay and I think they have loose or detachable air sacs. Should I turn them at all if they do? I've never had this happen so idk what to expect. Can I still put them under a broody hen without them getting messed up? Thanks!! Btw I need answers ASAP!!!!! PLEASE!!


Is this a loose or detachable air sac? This is what most of them look like.
post #2 of 9

If the air cells are damaged I wouldn't put them under a broody, no. They should be incubated upright, with the fat end up, to keep the air pocket in the fat end of the egg. If you lay them on their sides, the air pocket would develop on the side of the egg, causing problems for the developing embryo. There are some tips and advice here for managing air cell issues: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #3 of 9
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Thanks! I have 3 eggs that are detached and I'm doing the same thing to them. Will they ever recover?
post #4 of 9

By the time you lockdown (about 3-4 days before hatch day), the embryo will be so big and taking up so much space in the egg, the risk of the air pocket moving will be minimal and it would be safe to lie them down then, if you want to slip them under the broody for the hatch, they should be fine. As for recovering, I doubt it...

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #5 of 9
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Ok. I put some of my banty's eggs under my broodys 2 weeks ago and some had loose air cells and are developing on the side of the egg. Hope they hatch.
post #6 of 9

They may, but be prepared for possible malpositioned chicks and hatch issues.

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #7 of 9
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Ok thanks for the heads up. They are under my silkies and should hatch on the weekend. How long do I wait to start helping them get out if they are stuck?
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I wait at least 24 hours before I start helping, depending on where and how the chick pipped, how it's doing etc. This article is a wonderful guide on when to, how to, what to look for etc: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/step-by-step-guide-to-assisted-hatching

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #9 of 9
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Ok, thanks sumi !
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