Day overdue, float test. pictures

ChickenLady2014

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Hi, 21 days for hatching is just an estimate. I would probably wait at least a couple days after day 21 before I did anything. I have had chicks hatch on day 23-24. If your incubators tempature was running low that can happen. I have never did the float test so I'm not able to offer you any advice there. I hope someone with float test experience chimes in for you.
 
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Blooie

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if they were alive you'd of seen the eggs moving around in the water.
x2, except if it is super close to hatch time you might have to really look to detect that movement. Some of them really make the water surface dance - others it's barely a ripple. Patience....as has been said, 21 days is an estimate, not set in stone.
 

bandit2094

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Sorry to jump on your post I also have a float test question
My eggs are roughly over 2 days late one doesn't appear to have grown when candled and the others have, can't currently see any movement but didn't know if it was because they were too big so did a float test.
If anyone could help tell me if these are still viable that would be great!
 

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The problem is that we can't see what we need to see from still photos. The true float test for viable hatching eggs at or just past the hatch day is movement. It doesn't just mean the eggs float - when you put them in the water, let the water settle, then watch the eggs, you can usually see some tiny ripples on the surface of the water as the chicks move within the shell. The drawback to this is that sometimes the chick fills the egg so completely that the chick can't move within the shell. So just looking at pictures doesn't really show anything. Sorry, wish I was more help. Here's a pretty good video showing the movement I was talking about.

 
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