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I am at a loss understanding the Aircell?

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So I have all these eggs. 5 dozen. And I even bought a candler. I went in a dark room with the eggs. And I'm so confused how to find the air sac. To know if it's wobbly, or if it's detached, I'm clueless.

I guess I don't know what to look for.
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So I have all these eggs. 5 dozen. And I even bought a candler. I went in a dark room with the eggs. And I'm so confused how to find the air sac. To know if it's wobbly, or if it's detached, I'm clueless.

I guess I don't know what to look for.

Make sure that you are candling down into the egg from the top (rounded fat end) of the egg. When the light shines through the air cell you should be able to clearly make out the difference.   Candling from the bottom or side will not usually give you a clear picture of the air cell. If your light isn't bright enough or you are candling darker eggs that will also make it harder to see.

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That's funny I was doing from bottom. I'll check again this way.
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Ok that worked. I see the air cell. But how do I know if it's detached or wobbly? It moved.
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Ok that worked. I see the air cell. But how do I know if it's detached or wobbly? It moved.

If it moves down the egg when you tilt it, like a free floating bubble, it's detached. If it stays at the top but is jiggly, it's just wobbly. Wobbly cells will usually firm up and be ok, especially if they are just tilted instead of rolled or auto turned the first few days.  Detached air cells are a pain and there's not much you can do other than hatch upright and hope for the best.

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Ok. Thanks I'll look again.
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I just gave up. I don't really understand the Aircell. I tried
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You might try looking at photos and youtube so you know what you're looking for.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Good idea
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