day 14 results, not sure if still good, help!!!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by chick_newbie, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    South Dakota
    OK I tried to candle this evening and I really don't know what I am looking for and if any of them are still alive!! I thought that a couple looked like other pictures that I have seen but not really sure. And then on top of it all I dropped an egg, didn't break but feel really bad. These are Ameracauna or EE eggs. They went in on July 9th so should be ready to hatch around July 30th, right??? I can't seem to find any chicks around here so I thought that I would try the incubation route, but I am now thinking I should have just stayed ith the 6 chiks that I got this spring. I don't know anymore what to think![​IMG]

  2. steffpeck

    steffpeck Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Erda, UT
    What did you see when you candled them??
  3. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    South Dakota
    Mostly just a dark blob. We did think that we saw movement in 2 of the eggs. We just aren't sure and left all of them in the bator for now.
  4. Tsagirl

    Tsagirl Songster

    Dec 9, 2007
    Hey there and welcome! [​IMG]

    Ok here is what you do......

    Make sure you have a very strong light...mag lights are great!

    The room needs to be all dark so prefferably to candle at night.

    Take the candle and shine it down on the top of the egg. You will then see the air sack and just below that you will see veins and hopefully some dark blob moving around!
    Sometimes this works shining the light up below the egg, but I much prefer shining the light down on top of the egg. It lets me see so much!
    With the dark EE eggs, it might take a while to see anything at all when your eyes are ajusted...but if you see a stable air cell you should be good to go.

    what day are you on now?

    Let me know how it works! [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2008
  5. bantyman

    bantyman Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Blue Ridge GA
    Hey [​IMG]
    If you see a dark blob at this time in the incubation process then leave them in there and wait for them to hatch cause you have chicks Congratulations [​IMG]

  6. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    South Dakota
    OK I know that everyone at work says that I am impatient, NOW I believe that I am impatient too. I couldn't wait for the eggs to hatch!!! I went to get some doggie food at the local farm store and found Americana (notice the spelling, the way that they spelled it) chicks. When I inquired about if they were straight run, he thought so, but when I checked out, they rang up as pullets. I am gonna keep my fingers crossed for little hens!!

    OK now you guys can all tell me that I am extremely impatient too......[​IMG]
  7. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Glenn Dale, MD
    I was almost that impatient. I was waiting for 5 little girls from and it was ALL I could do to not buy a few more at the feed stores. I TOTALLY understand!

  8. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Unless the egg looks clear with maybe just a round yellowish blob (the yolk) floating around in it or has a very dark ugly looking blood ring around it I would just put them back in the incubator and candle in another 2 days. Otherwise without practice all I saw my first time candling healthy eggs was dark blobs and air cells. Exception is if you notice a bad smell which is what prompted me to start candling my first batch of eggs to see what was going on. You definitely want to get bad eggs out before they explode.

    This site is the best for candling pictures

    just use a small led flashlight, cup my hand around the top half of the flashlight, and then set the egg between my thumb and first finger just above the plastic covering the bulb. Doesn't allow for great detail to be seen but I had no trouble making out which ones were developping and which ones were doing nothing and by day 18 I saw all the remaining ones moving.
  9. chick_newbie

    chick_newbie Songster

    Jun 15, 2008
    South Dakota
    Thanks for the site, but it is the one that I already try to judge by. I think that there are a couple of good eggs in the bator yet. The ones that we saw movement in anyway. The others have a smaller blob-like dark spot?? But here are my 3 new little friends!!
  10. Heather J

    Heather J Songster

    May 29, 2008
    Those babies are adorable! I can't blame you for picking up a few extra at the feed store. If my feed store had then anytime besides Easter, I would have gotten more at least once this year. lol

    If you can see dark blob in your eggs, you're doing great. I couldn't even see dark vs air pocket in some of my EE eggs I incubated last month. I must have done something wrong because nothing hatched at all. *sigh*

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