Can I save this full-term embryo? It got cold. What will happen?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by bantyshanty, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. bantyshanty

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    I had a broody Ameraucana sitting on eggs for about 40 days. After she'd been broody about 2 weeks (and I not planning she should hatch--had her on ceramic dummy eggs), I ordered serama eggs & set them in the incubator, since the Ameraucana was a first-time broody. I moved the broody into the living room in a dog crate.

    So... the seramas all hatched out by yesterday, and when I put the last couple straggler chicks under her, I removed her last two eggs. She had one Ameraucana egg in with her dummies from another hen. I rolled it to the corner of the living room floor, as she's inside to brood, and I ignored it. I had surgery last week, so I'm not up to certain acts of vigilence such as Candling the discarded egg. Tonight I candled the egg. It (omg) looks to be full-term developed.

    I felt terrible, thinking, it must have died yesterday. I then put it in my now-sterilized hatching incubator, told my family the story, and went to candle the poor chick an hour later. There is Movement, and btw, the veins were still red, that's why I re-set it. The chick turns around a bit when candled.

    Can this chick hatch out? or is it permanently doomed by being left on the floor at 70F for 36 hours?
     

  2. orumpoultry

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    If it's moving, give it a chance
     
  3. bantyshanty

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    I'll give it all the help I can. I feel pretty bad & hope the hen gets the only chick she personally worked on.
     
  4. chkinut

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    don't feel bad, we all do things here and there with hatching that we wish we had done different. i'm really happy you caught it and saved it! [​IMG]
     

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