Are all of my eggs dead? :(

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by matt1898, Nov 25, 2013.

  1. matt1898

    matt1898 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I'm attempting to hatch 20 eggs or so. I've been reading on how to candle them and I'm disturbed. Over half of the eggs that actually show some development all have a dot(assuming the beginning of a peep) and a red ring around it. I've read that this is a sign of a bacterial invasion and the egg is now bad.
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    These eggs were put in the incubator wed night. All would be golden laced wyandotte/RIR or Buff orpington mixes. :(
    The rest of the eggs don't appear to be doing anything.
     
  2. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are blood rings. It's not necessarily a bacterial infection. Just means early embryonic death and a number of factors could cause this. Look over everything and see if you come up with a cause or possible causes. What were your temps? Were they stable and consistent? What incubator are you using? Were the eggs old? Do they smell rotten? It's all a learning process. My first few hatches I've done, years ago, failed. I learned from them. And give it another go, don't give up!
     
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  3. matt1898

    matt1898 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well the eggs were within the 7 day period. I'm using the little foam hatchery from TS. The temps have been a consistent 99.5( I spent several hours testing before putting eggs in). However, the air is static and I've read that is should be a few degrees higher? I've keep water in the tray beneath the eggs, however, the hygrometer I was using was faulty(just found this out). I wasn't really expecting much of anything to happen with this first batch, so I am not upset. I am going to get a new hygrometer for the next batch.
     
  4. Avlana

    Avlana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think humidity would be too much of a factor this early in incubation. My guess would be temp? I'd get another thermometer (some come with hydrometer) to check the accuracy of the temps. If you're using a little giant incubator, those are known to spike temps, especially still air. You can hatch successfully with those, but you would need to watch it very closely. And have a backup thermometer in there as the thermometer that comes with that incubator, I've found to be inaccurate.
     

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