Completely detached air cells

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by lemurchaser, Jan 13, 2010.

  1. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm curious if eggs with completely detached air cells can hatch. I have a batch that must have gotten some really rough handling. The air cells are completely loose and some of the eggs even slosh (I can hear it) when I move them.

    Any hope for these eggs?

    I've had many with partially detached air cells, and it seems to decrease the hatch rate, but I get some chicks. I've never seen them this bad. [​IMG]
     
  2. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Many of the eggs in my bator have detached air cells. I am only on day 8, but I do see signs of at least early development in at least a couple, maybe more, but I am an inexperienced candler, so take that for what it's worth. Will they make it to hatch?? I don't know. I did try the method mentioned on here of letting them sit for 24 hours, then putting them in the bator in the egg carton, pointy end down, and letting them sit for 3 days without turning, but I did turn the others (by hand). That is said to help the aircells "stabilize". That does appear to have happened in two of them. But the others are still "floating" around in there.

    So I would say, absolutely, try it! You never know and when I searched, it's obvious some folks on here have had success with detached cells. Not scrambled eggs, but detached cells, yes.
     
  3. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    I posted back in Aug/Sept about a hatch with all detached air cells. All of the 20 chicken eggs I received had detached air cells. About 8 were completely detached. I think 6 were cracked. At least half had badly, badly damaged air cells.
    I hatched 6/20. I had put them in egg cartons (pointy-end down) and only slightly tilted them... I did NOT turn them.
    So, yes, there is hope.
    Good Luck.

    ETA: Mine had been damaged during shipping... it was a mess. Here's the link: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=231849
    It's long, but I have some candling pics in there & info on the hatch... if you're bored!
     
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  4. Ban seabhag

    Ban seabhag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 28, 2009
    Glenn HWY Alaska
    I am trying several eggs with detached air cells and membrane right now for the first time. (I thought they were a lost cause before) It's encouraging that it has been at least somewhat successful, and that there is a way to go about it. I hate tossing, (or eating) those eggs if there is a chance. Here's hoping! [​IMG]
     
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  5. lemurchaser

    lemurchaser Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I figure that they'll mostly develop okay (unless they really got scrambled). It's those last 3 days I'm worried about. Maybe I'll have them in a egg carton for hatching, to try to keep the air cell in the right place.
     
  6. blessedchickenmama7

    blessedchickenmama7 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lemurchaser,

    That's my plan, to use an egg carton for hatching, too.
     
  7. Paganbird

    Paganbird CrescentWood Farm

    Apr 25, 2009
    Western Pa
    The hatching was the easy part... it was in the first 2 weeks that I lost the most.
    6/20 hatched... that was in a cabinet incubator - extremely stable temps, constant correct humidity, almost perfect hatching conditions.
    Only 2 that made it to lockdown didn't hatch. One pipped & quit... died in the shell, one never pipped the inner membrane. I did help one... she ended up with a crooked beak & curled toes. (I kept her, though, and still have her.)
     

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