Xouie

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It's been a long time since i've raised buttons, but I remember sometimes they could take 18 days to hatch, depending on as @JaeG put it so well, the journey they had.

Don't despair that you're having a tough first hatch. My first hatch was fine... the 3rd, 25th, and 80-ish ones (I've lost count, just making up numbers here) maybe not so great. The point is that glitches and rough patches with incubation happen to everybody; don't get discouraged and give up.

Give the farmer batch a couple more days. If there are no external pips by late on day 18, I'd say they're done. Hopefully you get a bunch of fuzzy little bumblebees from the ebay batch.
 

Peskypigeon

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Can you candle quail eggs? Floating is dangerous and ineffective.
Yes you can, it’s just a bit more difficult with all the little speckles and how dark they can be. My candling has proven to be just slightly more difficult than a chicken egg. Be sure the room is dark, but even your phone camera light will be perfect to see inside!
 

JaeG

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With the egg you can see into can you see any veins under the air cell? That's a good sign. If the chick inside dies it will sink towards the narrow end of the egg leaving a watery gap between it and the bottom of the air cell with no veins visible. If it still looks full under the air cell then that's a good sign too. But I had a Button hen who laid dark green eggs and I could never see what was happening inside them. Very frustrating.
 

Peskypigeon

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With the egg you can see into can you see any veins under the air cell? That's a good sign. If the chick inside dies it will sink towards the narrow end of the egg leaving a watery gap between it and the bottom of the air cell with no veins visible. If it still looks full under the air cell then that's a good sign too. But I had a Button hen who laid dark green eggs and I could never see what was happening inside them. Very frustrating.
With the egg that I can see inside of- the shadow is towards the blunt end. But I can’t see if there are veins. That goes for the 16 batch as well, so it’s half-blind I suppose.
 

JaeG

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With the egg that I can see inside of- the shadow is towards the blunt end. But I can’t see if there are veins. That goes for the 16 batch as well, so it’s half-blind I suppose.
Their beautiful shells do make candling difficult and it's very frustrating not being able to tell what's going on. I'd give them at least a few more days. :fl
 

Peskypigeon

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Additional note- I am at high elevation. Apparently 5,412. The first batch was from Connecticut and the second is from PA. How can I help them hatch at such a higher altitude...?
 

Peskypigeon

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I found this for you. It looks like you need a higher humidity if the eggs have come from somewhere with a lower altitude to yours and incubation can take longer.
https://www.thepoultrysite.com/articles/incubating-eggs-at-high-altitudes#:~:text=The extra loss of carbon,appear to affect the embryo.&text=Thus, the main problems facing,increasing altitude (Figure 1).
Okay, Thank you. That’s actually good- I know it has always been higher for the second batch since the start (and they showed better development signs on day 10). Right now, the humidity is at 76% with all the slots filled with water (lockdown for the first batch).
 

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