Originally Posted by SilkieSensation
This is where I cheat & pip the air cell to check the condition of the membrane. A nice white membrane likely still has a viable chick. Watch for movement. If you don't see any, gently touch the membrane. If the chick is alive it will wiggle. No wiggle or a discolored membrane means dead chick, proceed with eggtopsy but watch for blood. Blood means a live chick even if it didn't move or the membrane is slightly discolored.
So I was lying in bed knowing that I would not sleep.
I picked up the slow wyandotte and barely touched the pipped area of the shell when it gave an almighty thrust, busted open the shell and was sitting slipper slimy in my hand. Yum.
The rest were. Non viable. I popped a holding the apex of the air sack after candling, tapping and doing a soft shoedance but no movement. The membranes were nasty and sloughing. They had been dead for a few days with yoke outside so my guess is day 17 or 18.
So that's the hatch. 73 eggs traveled 7500 miles. They endured adrive shaft bearing repair, TSA, flying at 30000 feet. 3take offs 3 landings, waiting a day for their incubator and then a drive in their egg turners n their incubators at 99.8f before arriving in their new beachside villa. 36 are now fluffy butts. Close enough ftp 50% for me.
Tomorrow I have to get up early and fix the electrical in the brooder shack. The light is flickering. Then there ia the egg laying box doors and off to the big city. I will be back here late friday night. I will post lots of pics from Manila that I could not post here.
The adventure continues