A slight change in egg weight?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chicken_china_mom, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

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    Am I suppose to be feeling a change in the weight of the eggs so early into the incubation? I put my eggs in the bator on the evening of the 7th, and when I went to turn them last night before bed a couple of them felt just a wee bit heavier. Is this a good thing? I haven't candled them yet. This is my first time using an incubator and I don't know what the signs are for when I have eggs doing well, and ones that already died. I know we already lost one egg cause it must have been leaking, and when I went to turn it an entire piece of shell came off and the yolk began pouring out. Was very upsetting, but it was very early on. The other 9 are still ok as far as shell integrity. And I read in another thread something about stopping turning the eggs. When am I suppose to do that? My babies, if they are actually doing well, are suppose to hatch the 27th. It feels like it will be a LONG time from now until then. I just wanted to know about the weight change. Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Dirt Road

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    Eggs can not become heavier during incubation, in fact they lose a little weight due to evaporation. That is perfectly normal and necessary in order to hatch.
    Stop turning at day 18.

    Jim
     
  3. chicken_china_mom

    chicken_china_mom Crazy for Cochins

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    Thank you for letting me know when to stop turning. I'm making a notation on the calendar in just a moment... [​IMG]
     

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