An incubator full of quitters?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by kindergartenegg, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. kindergartenegg

    kindergartenegg New Egg

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    I recently bought a Brinsea mini advance to use in my classroom. I thought I should do a practice hatch at home first, so a friend from church brought me several eggs from her place. She mentioned that she didn't know if they were all good ones, since her hens had been hiding eggs around and may even have been sitting on them. So, I candled them all and chose the ones that seemed smaller on the inside to put in the incubator. Now over a week into this project, I see some eggs that don't seem to be growing at all, no blood vessels or dark spots of a eye. The other eggs look to be about half dark, but do not move around in the eggshell, just seem stuck to the inside of the egg. Is it time to start over? :(
     
  2. kindergartenegg

    kindergartenegg New Egg

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    Don't be afraid to say the bad news, although it makes me a little queasy to think about. At least the kindergarteners won't have to face the unfortunate outcome, this time at least.
     
  3. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh that's a tough one. Have you compared what you are seeing to candling images on the forum? It's a lot more difficult to say what may be happening due to the uncertain circumstances your eggs were laid in. If you continue to see no progress in the eggs over the next few days, I'd recommend starting over with eggs that you know have not been partially incubated and have been laid fairly recently and within a few days of each other. Partially incubated eggs are usually problematic.
     
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  5. kindergartenegg

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    Thanks, Sally! I'm working on checking calibration.
    I had decided to abort the hatch and candled one last time. The first three eggs I took out were definitely quitters, but in the fourth I saw movement! So, in all, it looks like 2 out of 7 eggs could survive to be adorable chicks. So excited! Only 8 more days...

    As soon as this hatch is over, I'll clean up the incubator, set it up at my kindergarten classroom, and start another batch. This time, my students will get to experience this, so here's hoping for an improved outcome. (Also, this time, I have a different source for the fertile eggs.)
     
  6. kindergartenegg

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    I guess they weren't all quitters after all. This morning, I have 2 pips, but I had to go to work. I can't wait to see what I come home to!
     
  7. Knittycat

    Knittycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    YAY!!!
     

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