Day 22 candle no movement, still alive?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Raptorchick, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Raptorchick

    Raptorchick Songster

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    Hi all,
    This is my second ever incubator hatch, first time was just a couple weeks ago with serama babies.
    I had 13 eggs develop to today, 11 have hatched out and are in the brooder. The last one into the brooder I had to assist, so the temp and humidity were a bit swingy for about two hours. Most hatched out late on day 19, earlier than I expected. The last one to hatch made no sounds or movement, then suddenly pipped, zipped, and hatched in ten minutes, late on day 21. She came out while I was assist-hatching the other, which blew my mind. So now I'm afraid of quitting on these other two too early. They haven't peeped or moved at all through the entire lockdown, but they were very alive when I candled at lockdown, day 17. An hour ago I candled and there was no internal movement, I tapped the shells and no sounds. I float tested, quickly tho, didnt wait around for movement as I didnt want to stress a possibly hatchable chick, and both floated horizontally with maybe 20% above the surface. Everything I've been reading says they are viable eggs per float test..... I guess I'm asking for some hope, has anyone had eggs past day 21 with no movement at candle, that still hatched? And when should I pull them, day 26? I dont want to ruin my bator with rotten eggs, but I dont want to quit either...:confused::caf:fl
     
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  2. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

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    If the chick inside looks very black, lumpy and has sunk towards the narrow end of the egg with a watery gap between it and the air cell then you'll know it has died. It may take a day or so to look like this as the veins slowly dissolve. I'd candle again tomorrow (not sure when your tomorrow is as I'm in the southern hemisphere) to try and work out what's happening. Hope that helps.
     
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  3. Raptorchick

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    Thank you, good to know. Candling today, they were both red/pink where it was visible, looked normal, but the no movement part has me wondering :/ I'll give them a full 24hours and candle again tomorrow....
     
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  4. Shamo Hybrid

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    Give them 2 or 3 days..... I mean, it doesn't hurt to leave them in there. Some are just late hatchers for whatever reason.
     
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  5. JaeG

    JaeG Free Ranging

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    :fl
     
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  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

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