Candled today...disappointment

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jazzchicken, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone. I candled today and out of 7 eggs, 4 show nothing but little dots and are pretty clear. But I don't know about the dots, because I don't know much about what embryos should look like, but I know that there should be something in there atleast. The eggs have like a little air bubble or something, and when I turn the egg, the bubble follows. I guess this is just yolk turning in the egg. [​IMG]
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    2 eggs show bloodrings, and I don't know what those are. [​IMG] I guess they are bloodrings, there is a streak of red around the egg.

    And the very last egg shows something dark, the light doesn't pass thrrough very well. Maybe that will be the miracle egg [​IMG]

    I feel soooo bad right now. I have been all worried about these eggs this whole weekend, and they have been all I ahve done the last week. Stupid Ag-Tech teacher..... I should have never have listened to him [​IMG]

    If the eggs are dead, like I think they are, I don't think I will incubate eggs anymore until I can get me a good incubator, instead of the ancient Hova-Bator that the Ag teacher gave me.

    But I guess its partailly my fault. I wasn't home for 2 days to care for them, and my family members at home kindly volunteered. But I wish I could have cared for them myself during those times. No major temp. fluctuations that I know of. The highest it got was 102, and thats bad.

    Oh well, like they say, the first time is a learning experience. I have learned alot. Next time I will do better.
     
  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    Continue incubating them, you have nothing to loose at this point.
     
  3. Silkie_boi

    Silkie_boi Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry to hear tht but its still early so keep going. I still wouldnt give up on incubating, its only your first hatch as this is mine. Out of 6 i only have two that have developed. Good luck on the rest. [​IMG]:[​IMG]
     
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I don't remember your bator issues but are you sure it just isn't the eggs? With the air bubble, that sounds like a common shipping problem when the eggs are too jostled. What day are they on too? A black dot is correct for up to about 7 days, where a large dark mass is at 14.

    The incubator may need a new wafer if temp fluxes too much, but you say it holds? I say don't give up and start with some local eggs if your current batch was shipped. Also I would start in spring as that is when the birds will be most fertile. Good luck though, and maybe that dark egg is hope. Blood rings though, you should take those out.
     
  5. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
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    On the 21st I looked at my eggs and was disappointed, but decided to leave them in the incubator till the rest of the eggs I have ordered arrive. Last night I candled them again and found 2 with blood vessels, several with large areas that light can't pass through, and a few with small shadowy areas. Out of 17 eggs, 10 of them look like there could be something. I left 'em all in the incubator. Who knows what I'll find on Monday...... [​IMG]
     
  6. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are on day 7 today. And its not one little black dot, but its alot of them, scattered around. The temps. don't hold, they rise up and down, but no seroius fluctuations, like 90 degrees or 104 degrees, just minor stuff. But they still won't stay at a steady temp. That is what aggrivates me the most. The Ag-teacher told me that it was a good bator and that it should do real well and be steady. Yes my current batch was shipped. I am thinking about getting me an incubator for my self, either a little g or brinsea, anything that is way better than the chunk of Styrofoam and metal that I have right now. The bloodrings look real funky. I guess I will remove them. Maybe, just maybe, that other one egg will hatch [​IMG]
     
  7. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    A few degrees up and down is fine, but I am thinking if the wafer was changed, it would hold steady like your teachers said. If you get one of your own, have an extra wafer on hand just in case. As for day 7, and this is your first time, I say it is too early to toss anything other than the blood rings. On day 7 I say you should have LOTS of hope left! The biggest thing against you is the fact the eggs were shipped.

    Oh... and do your blood rings look like this:
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    If not, I say keep them all in there and candle on day 14. That way you won't risk tossing good ones on accident.


    This is my day 6:

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    It can be hard to tell, especially though dark eggs... Don't give up yet if you are only on day 7! [​IMG]


    Edit: My light heated home made bater temps flux about 3 deg up and down so some is fine, average temp is temp is the key.
     
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  8. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ohhhhh! Some of my 7's look like your 6's. the group of four are all like that!! Well, one is like that but has that little air bubble. That means there is hope!!!

    YES!!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  9. jazzchicken

    jazzchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh and the blood ring don't look like that. If the eggs was layed on its side, the ring would start from the pointy end, go around until it reaches the blunt end, then it cuts in and to the other side, and it never reaches the blunt end at all. It then goes all the way back to the beginning.
     
  10. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Ah yes, I forgot to mention, the eggs are held up right in the bator, if yours are on the side, the ring would be as you describe. If so, out they should go the next time you open the bator as you don't want them to blow up, although I've never had that happen myself.
     

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