Day 17 Candled-Help!

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by spencer creek, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. spencer creek

    spencer creek Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2008
    I am due Thursday PM. I candled last night, day 17. Don't know if I should have...I will not touch them again. I am turning them tonight adding some wet sponges to bring up my humidity and leaving them alone.

    I am down to 4, from 7. My question. The eggs are now solid black, with a straight line cut across the end that is clear. I am assuming that is the air pocket. Does this sound right? They went from veiny to just black. I do not see any movement. It's as though someone painted the inside of 80% of the egg black.

    Hoping for good news. This has been the longest and most anticipated 21 days of my life............................................................
  2. ChickLuver

    ChickLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2008
    Walton, New York
    I completly understand. I have babies due for next monday the 12th. This is my first time!! [​IMG]
  3. Three Cedars Silkies

    Three Cedars Silkies Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 17, 2008
    Gainesville, Fl.
    Yes...that is what you will see....NOTHING but black. Sometimes, if you look closely you can see a tiny bit of veins and even occasional movement right at the top by the aircell....but not always. Hang in....[​IMG]
  4. Chix-in-GA

    Chix-in-GA Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville, GA
    Well...It sounds like they have developed OK (IMO) I think you are right about the air pocket. I know my last hatch looked the same as you described...and I had a good hatch!

    We all tend to worry at hatch time. I hope everything turns out good for you. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. spencer creek

    spencer creek Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 12, 2008
    RELIEF! I hope.
    Thanks everyone. Obviously this is my first time and I find myself in the basement just staring at the eggs everyday. My wife thinks I have completely lost it. Of course I am already stashing my Silkie eggs from home and have an order prepped to do it all over again. Why start with six when now I can do 12.... Why do we do this to ourselves?
  6. Fresh Eggs

    Fresh Eggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 1, 2009
    That is a good egg! Keep them away from " danger" while they hatch! {aka-- small hands}
  7. swtangel321

    swtangel321 ~Crazy Egg Lady~

    Jul 11, 2008
    Sounds like they are good !!! Hope you have a GREAT hatch [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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