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Day 6 and still no sign...

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by rmonge00, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. rmonge00

    rmonge00 Chirping

    Hello everyone,

    I have been incubating eggs for 6 days now and I still have not seen any signs of life... I have been trying to candle and I can see a yolk like thing moving around, but no veins. Does this mean I am out of luck? What a bummer that would be (I have 46 eggs on the go...) The incubator was too dry for the first day and I am wondering if this is what caused it. Do I have any reason for hope or is my project doomed?


  2. gingerly1983

    gingerly1983 Chirping

    Mar 2, 2013
    Grand Ridge, Fl
    I wouldn't toss any out until day 10 at the absolute earliest. They might be late bloomers. ;)
  3. rmonge00

    rmonge00 Chirping

    Is it possible that the yolk like thing is an embryo? Can you always see the veins, even in brown eggs??
  4. rmonge00

    rmonge00 Chirping

    Please help...
  5. squirt99

    squirt99 Hatching

    Mar 2, 2013
    Well I'm on day five of twelve eggs and much to my surprise my fertile eggs I purchased on line all have veins and a wee blob hanging, noticed the veins from day after putting into incubator. Really hope you achieve at least some.
  6. gingerly1983

    gingerly1983 Chirping

    Mar 2, 2013
    Grand Ridge, Fl
    I'm not a candling expert. I'm still learning myself. I would put a question mark on those and give it a few days. I know it will drive you nuts waiting, but it's better to be sure. Do a search on here for 'candling pics' and read through the threads that come up. I learned a lot that way.
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    It is said that you will not be able to see much before day 7, unless you have a good candling light and/or white eggs that's easy to see through. I start candling on day 7 usually and I don't always see much develop, but by day 10 you should be able to tell if the eggs are developing or not. If they candle clear on day 10, toss them. Here are some great candling pics that show's what happens in the egg on ear day of development:


    Good luck with your hatch and [​IMG]

  8. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

    Aug 23, 2012
    My Coop
    Ryan have you checked for fertility on your eggs before you set any?
    Humidity wont matter this early..... there is some important info in regards to humidity temps and such in this article.....

    Is it Fertile or Infertile?

    To check the fertility, simply break an egg in a bowl. Find the white spot on the yolk. If you do not, use a spoon to gently flip the yolk over until you find it.
    If the egg is fertile, the white mark will be nearly perfectly round and in the center it will be yellow;
    it will resemble a donut. If it is infertile, the white mark will not be very round, and in most cases, smaller than that of the fertile mark. If the egg is not fertile, the 'white mark' is called a "blastodisc". If the egg is fertile, the 'white mark' it is called a "blastoderm", and this means that cell division, because of fertilization, occurred.
    A link with more pics of fertile vs Non Eggs! https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/16008/how-to-tell-a-fertile-vs-infertile-egg-pictures

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