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ameracauna eggs

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by cactus-hen, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. cactus-hen

    cactus-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have green americauna eggs and brown ee eggs that are on day 15. I tried to candle the eggs tonight and could not see through the shells of the green eggs. The brown eggs have the air bubble on the round end but the green eggs are solid colored. I tried to see through the ones in the fridge and they looked the dame. Do you thing the green eggs are viable?
     
  2. robinaggie

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    I don't know, but I can't see into my green eggs either, so I'm leaving them in the bator. Mine look like they have super-thick shells, because no light goes in.
     
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

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    Just a warning about the thicker shelled eggs. You need to watch them and make sure that the aircell is getting larger as they progress. If it stays too small, check your humidity and make sure it is 40 - 45%. Also, if you have any aircells that just aren't getting large enough, you can lightly sand the outside of the egg with fine sandpaper. This will help the egg lose more humidity in the first 17 days.
     
  4. robinaggie

    robinaggie Flew the Coop

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    Would I sand just the air-cell end, or lightly around the whole egg? The ones I can't see into do have me a bit concerned. Also, is it more difficult for the chicks to emerge from these thick-shelled eggs?
     
  5. rooster0209

    rooster0209 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would I sand just the air-cell end, or lightly around the whole egg? The ones I can't see into do have me a bit concerned. Also, is it more difficult for the chicks to emerge from these thick-shelled eggs?

    I have the same question. My chicks seem to have a hard time getting out of the thicker shells. (guineas and some of my chicks from the last batch)​
     
  6. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master

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    My friend has bantam Ameraucana eggs and she had to help all the chicks out at hatch due to the tough shells.
     
  7. HenHaven

    HenHaven Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Leave them in and let them continue developing. Ameraucana shells ARE buggers to see through. I don't have an adequate candler to see through them either. What I did see on my last batch, is what you are describing, and mine did hatch. If in doubt--leave it in the incubator--unless of course it is weeping or otherwise looking bad. Good luck! Please give us the final update!
     
  8. cactus-hen

    cactus-hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs aren't in an incubator so I don't control the humidity. They're under a first time setter. I have two brown eggs and two green eggs. They were all started on the same day. The air cells on the brown eggs are the same size. I would think that the green eggs would have the same size air cells. Day 21 is the day that I get home from a four-day vacation. I hope they don't hatch early. I'll keep you posted. If I can figure out how to put pictures on this site, I'll get some on when they hatch.
     
  9. Three Cedars Silkies

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    The book that I read about sanding the egg didn't say where. I would say perhaps lightly around the aircell area and also some around the middle....JMO
     
  10. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd say, if they're under a hen, just let them be. She'll figure it out, or she won't (and will eventually)
     

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