Day 14- Candling eggs??

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by mshuntjump, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. mshuntjump

    mshuntjump Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 7 eggs in my incubator. I candled them today, and in a couple, there was just darkness, almost to the air pocket. And for a few others, i just saw the dark spot only at the top of the eggs?
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  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    marked that egg and date it the day you candled. its possible you got a chickie !
     
  3. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member

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    They may be infertile, its hard to see that pic.... below is a paste from my notes all thrown into an article https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/hatching-eggs-101




    AGAIN, I will refer to http://chat.allotment.org.uk/index.php?topic=73884.0 as a pictorial guide for candling. also this side for pics of BAD eggs, Progression Though Incubation https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/261876/chicks-are-here-egg-candling-pics-progression-though-incubation also https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/...-egg-candler-using-common-household-materials for more pic examples.

    OMG SILKIE BLUE B IS ALIVE!!!! pic below day 6
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    I love this CANDLE below video!!! and she eggtopsy after... plus she cracks me up!! What a Mom!!


    Great pics of CANDLING and good and bad eggs.......

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/09/hatch-along-with-chicken-chick-part-4.html

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/03/chicken-embryo-development-views-from.html

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2011/04/chicken-embryo-development-graphic.html

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.249415835101134.57791.186188768090508&type=1

    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.200856713290380.47485.186188768090508&type=1

    BELOW CANDLES AND EGGTOPSY ~~~ Day 11 candle funky air cells from shipped eggs and BLOOD RINGS clearly visable on light polish eggs

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  4. Keric

    Keric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Darkness is a good thing. What you don't want to see is clear, or yellow. You want to see veins. Darkness means the chick is in there and taking up space. Watch for movement, too. Hope this helps. Don't throw any away and when they hatch or don't hatch make a note of what you saw when you candled them. :)
     
  5. mshuntjump

    mshuntjump Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Movement, as in when you turn them when candling them you can see something move around? What does it look like when theyre moving?
     
  6. Keric

    Keric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well until its REALLY dark in there (3ish days before they hatch) you can see movement. You can see something moving. Yes when you turn them, while candling, you can see movement in there! Some are sleeping I think, so I'll candle a few so I can see movement. I like to assume that if the darkness is the same in all the ones I candle, but some aren't moving, those ones are just sleeping (not dead.) If theres one that is completely different, light, it's dead, or infertile to begin with. It's cool, let us know if you see it.

    Until you are sure what is dead and what is alive, just keep them all in there until they are all hatched out. Ones that don't hatch after like 2 days it's safe to assume they won't be hatching. Candle those to see what they look like to learn what infertile looks like.
    Just candle, take notes, and learn!
     
  7. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Look for movement but NOT immediatly after you turn the egg. Wait 15- 30 seconds see if it still moves when you are holdng it still. Sometimes a bad egg or infertile the contents will move and shift as you turn it
    . If you hold it still and it moves then it is a chick moving.No they dont have to be dead to not move yes sleeping GOOD LUCK!
    that close you may not see one thing.
    ..3 DAYS to hatch?
    You should not have them out of the bator now AT ALL..!!
    Day 18-21 is lockdown.
    You might shrink wrap them where they cant get out and die if you open the bator is your humnidyt up to 65-70 if not raise it by adding very wet rags or washclothes. in the bator until it is up thereShut and dont open
    . Put them in and leave them be until day 23 .
     
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  8. Keric

    Keric Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I didn't explain myself well. This is what I do, I'll stare at it for about 20 seconds. Forgot to mention how long, thanks :) Again if no movement, it's probably sleeping. Only time will tell!

    I usually take the egg (usually just before I turn them a last time at night) and candle it. If I don't see movement I tip it a little bit, then tip it back. That usually wakes him/her up. If I don't see movement I just move on. :)
     
  9. Roxannemc

    Roxannemc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well put them all in and see what happens!!I think you will get some babies!GOOD LUCK!
     
  10. aquaponics3712

    aquaponics3712 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi-I am not sure which thread to post this question. :) I had my first incubator hatch a couple of months ago and all but one made it!! I have 15 bouncing baby chicks. :) They are not so little anymore! Anyway, back to my question. My dad found abandoned eggs from a hen (who was sadly killed.) He knew I had an incubator so he brought them to me hoping I could save them. The problems are: 1. He doesn't know long they were left uncovered for sure (several hours or a day). The nights are really chilly for hatching at 60 degrees. 2. A couple of the eggs are cracked. I have put them in the incubator and am candling them. They LOOK (to my untrained eye) to be around 13 - 15 days. First: should I assume 15 days when putting them in lock down rather than 13 days to make sure I don't have them in the turner when they might be hatching? Second, I read from someone on this forum say that I can tape the eggs that are cracked. So that is what I have done. Third, I am telling my heart that there is no way they could have survived being that cold for possibly that long so that my heart doesn't break if they don't make it. Should I continue to assume that they have died or do you think there is hope that they might have made it. Fourth, when looking for movement - I haven't really noticed any other than the cracked eggs - when I rotate them the movement looks kind of like jello, floating-like movements. Is this a dead chickie? Or actual movement?
     

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