Originally Posted by kmk05
Hi I'm just new to Backyard Chickens. I'm from Northern Ireland and have had 5 lovely ladies for the last 3 years. We introduced a rooster 2 months ago and as yet my ladies haven't started to brood , so I took some eggs to incubate. All but 1 egg didn't develope and after 26 days and after candling with no movement we figured our 1 wee chick was not to be.
So we cracked the egg and the wee thing was alive, it was moving but within a few seconds it died. Am totally devastated - feel that I killed the wee thing.
Sorry to be on such a downer but the poor wee thing..
Anyway it's because of this that I have decided to join yourselves for advice. Have 6 more eggs 14 days I and they are growing and moving well. Am so nervous that the same thing will happen.
I think most of us at one time, especially first or second hatch has opened an egg we thought was gone only to find it was alive when we did it. It's a crummy feeling. And I know this doesn't make it any easier, at day 26, no internal pip, not enough movement to know it was alive, the chances that it would have had hatched are very very slim. So, don't be too hard on yourself.
Have you monitored your air cells at all? What kind of incubator are you using and what temps/humidity are you running at? I hope you have a much better experience this go round.