Candling Q about Air Sac

coffeemama

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When I candled at day 7, there were some eggs that didn't even look like they had an air sac. I assume this means they are bad? Also, I had one that was bubbling-that really doesn't seem good. Is is ok to candle again in a few days and just leave the good ones alone? I marked the ones that were good with
faces. I marked the ones I was prtty sure were bad with
and I left some blank if I wasn't very sure.
 

orlandoluv1

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do you see any of hte veiny things? if you do i would leave them all alone. you never really know. i would wait a couple of days and candle again to check for progress. make sure you let me know in a couple of days how its going. im sure everything is fine
 

Katy

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I don't toss an egg before day 14 unless it's weeping or smells. I tossed one I thought was bad back when I first started hatching and it had a live chick in it. Now I wait because I don't want to do that again.
 

coffeemama

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Yeah, I don't want to toss any live chicks! I know the eggs aren't all good, but no smells or weeping yet. They are dark eggs though, and in some of them it's really hard to see anything!
 

wegotchickens

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I had the same issues with some of mine, especially the Ameracaunas. I did my best to circle the air pocket on every egg I could. I'll check and see if it grew or moved tomorrow when I candle again. Only on the very thinnest/lightest eggs could I see shadows that looked like veining.

I'm glad you asked this question, because I have some that seemed to have no air pocket at all. Am thinking I should trash those tonorrow...

We're going to crack open every discard to see what we learn about what went wrong. I know for sure we have one that's forming a blood ring (I did some sneak candling last night). I'm real curious to see what that one looks like inside.
 

wegotchickens

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Can't take any credit for the idea; I read it somewhere on here! Since my 12-year old DD is helping me chart our progress, I REALLY want to make sure we don't throw anything away unless it needs it.

We're going to take pictures of what we examine for a future science project. That's why we're taking really good notes plus pics. She hates science, so I'm hoping this leads her in a more positive direction.
But it's also our first time doing this, so I'm really afraid we'll screw up and not end up with ANY babies!!
 

coffeemama

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Yeah it's my first time too (can you tell-lol). I just want to end up with at least 2 babies-I put in 23 eggs-I should be able to get 2, right?! LOL
 

wegotchickens

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Quote:I sure hope so, cause I put in 44, and have 6 promised to other people as well as wanting a couple of my own!!
Since I'm a newbie I was figuring 10-25% at LEAST. DH is not happy about this project and is thinking I'll get 80-90% due to beginners luck and to torture him
He doesn't think it's funny when I say "Gee I hope you're right!"

Based on our first candling, I think I'm at around 50%. I could live with that!! But due to the one I saw with a ring, I'm thinking I may've lost some definites. I'm hoping the maybe's pick up that slack!
 

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