Day overdue, float test. pictures

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by SkyeAus, Nov 16, 2015.

  1. SkyeAus

    SkyeAus Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 26, 2015
    What do you think? These two are 24 hours overdue. Two have hatched.[​IMG]
  2. ChickenLady2014

    ChickenLady2014 Feathered Frenzy

    Jan 7, 2014
    God's Country
    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.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2015
  3. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    if they were alive you'd of seen the eggs moving around in the water.
  4. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    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. has been said, 21 days is an estimate, not set in stone.
  5. bandit2094

    bandit2094 New Egg

    Feb 18, 2016
    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! [​IMG]
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Northwestern Wyoming
    My Coop
    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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