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"Beware dark eggs can be tricky to hatch", is it true?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Darklingstorm, Jun 20, 2011.

  1. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Songster

    Jan 10, 2011
    Durant, Oklahoma
    I'm wanting to hatch my own chicks from my own chickens using a Silkie Hen (hopefully). I was thinking about getting some Welsummers. But on the description of the breed I read this "Beware dark eggs can be tricky to hatch". Are they hard to hatch? Anyone have a ratio of hatched eggs they've done with welsummers?

  2. raimnel

    raimnel Songster

    ok 1st I have to say, yes dark eggs are harder to see into with a light, thus making it hard to see if something is alive in there or rotten in there. 2nd I just hatched some welsummer (OMWord are they the cutiest chicks) they were by far are NOT the hardest to see into (EE are hard to see into). I could tell if there was a blood ring. 3rd my hatch rate was 50%, lol see cause I only had 2 welsummer eggs in the 'bator, 1 hatched and 1 didn't [​IMG] no I didn't just have 2 eggs in the 'bator. lol

    ps I say go for it!
  3. jfulcher

    jfulcher Songster

    May 24, 2011
    Tucson, AZ 85712
    Okay well my eggs aren't chicken eggs but they are real dark eggs. Button quail. And I can't see through them. But they are wiggling 8 out of 10. So I am assuming that they are fine with hatching. Dark shells that is. Just have to wait like christmas for the surprise.
  4. NCSprout

    NCSprout Songster

    Nov 30, 2010
    Sophia, NC
    i've had very good hatch rates with wellies. my last hatch rate 11 out of 12 which comes to 92%. i will also mention that one of them pipped the wrong end and still made it through the hatch unassisted. I use a homemade candler to see into the eggs and it can be a bit hard to see, but the movement of the developing chick is still visible.
    good luck with whatever you decide to do
  5. Stingrayg4

    Stingrayg4 Chirping

    Apr 27, 2011
    Quote:Agreed. Candling is harder with dark eggs, hatch rate should be more or less the same.

  6. nurseshelly

    nurseshelly Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    Gilbert AZ
    After day ten, even on Marans eggs, you can see the air cell, and right along the air cell if you look carefully you can see the veins along the air cell, and also sometimes the chick moving along the edge.

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