A Window Into Incubation! An Eggsperiment

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Chicks 'n ducks, Jan 16, 2019.

  1. Chicks 'n ducks

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    On Saturday I set 7 fertile silkie eggs in my Brinsea mini 2 advance. On Tuesday, I took one of these eggs (Already could see a spider growing) and performed an experiment.
    To start, I swabbed the top of shell (where the air cell is) with rubbing alcohol. I then covered that area with a piece of clear packing tape. Using the point of sterilized tweezers, I made a hole over the air cell. Using this hole I cut a 1 centimeter diameter window, being careful not to puncture the membrane. I could see the veining directly under the membrane. I covered the window completely
    with another piece of tape and set the egg propped upright in the incubator.
    This is the thread where I will show the egg's process, watched right through the window!
    This technique is commonly used by scientists to study development.
     
  2. Chicks 'n ducks

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    Pictures coming soon!
    When I checked the egg today, it has grown considerably and I can see its tiny heart beating. I noticed some hairline cracks that where not covered by the tape, so I applied a thin layer of antibiotic petroleum jelly over them.
     
  3. aart

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    So I’m confused. You put tape over the shell? Then picked through the little hole?

    Such a cool experiment!
     
  5. Chicks 'n ducks

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  6. ShannonR

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    Will be following this. Cool idea!
     
  7. Chicks 'n ducks

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    Also I did not extract any of the albumen. I think that would affect the chick's development.
     
  8. Kris5902

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    Following... interested in seeing your pics and how this will work out. Have you every done this before?
     
  9. L1sa

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  10. MSirrell91

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    This sounds like a cool little experiment, can't wait to see pictures!
     

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