Another question...if an egg is not going to hatch...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by IggiMom, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    If an egg probably will not hatch is it going to hurt anything in the incubator with those that are?

    I have been candling, and I don't really understand what I am seeing, so I was thinking of just leaving everything in there and seeing what hatches. Or not, as the case may be. There are a few that I am really pretty sure there are chicks in, and some that I am pretty sure there aren't. I'll look again tonight, but I was just wondering if it hurts anything to just leave all the eggs in there.
  2. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:As long as they aren't rotten/explosive, you are fine. Just give them a good sniff before they go into the hatcher.

    It helps alot to open the failed eggs after the hatch and get an idea of what you are looking at.
  3. Ruditchka

    Ruditchka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    By day 10, when you candle, you'll see the live chicks moving around! What day are you on? and no, it won't hurt to leave them in there...., unless they start going bad(smelling/oozing), then they should definately be removed![​IMG]
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    It won't hurt if: none are weeping or oozing, and they pass the sniff test!

    Every time I candle, I sniff the questionable ones- if they don't smell funky, I give them a few more days. On day 18, when they come off the turner, I candle very carefully and inspect each one, while giving it a pep talk. Any that don't have a well defined air space and a dark lower end get disposed of. Sometimes I'll leave a questionable one in, but it has to smell clean.
  5. IggiMom

    IggiMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    West Virginia
    Oh...ok...I will sniff them.

    What I seem to mostly be seeing is a big air space with sloshy stuff under it. I don't really see anything moving.

    Does this sound bad?

    Let's see, they are some on day 9 and some on 14. The day 14 ones I thought I could see a chick outline, but again, I don't see anything moving.

    I am afraid of taking them out of the incubator too much.

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