Dead or alive?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MotherHen75, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Chirping

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    We have 2 chickens eggs due for tomarrow. We haven’t heard peeping or anything, but on day 19 i did the float test, positive, and day 18 candling, positive, is it possible chicks are alive but just not peeping? We played chicken sound effects but heard nothing, is something wrong?
     
  2. diamondsilkies

    diamondsilkies Songster

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    It's alright to not hear peeping at this point. Leave them be in the incubator for now. There's no need to worry until around day 23. Good luck!
     
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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    They will not peep until they have internally pipped.
    And then they may not peep until they have externally pipped.
    They may not ever peep.

    Can you tell if they were internally pipped when you candled?
     
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  4. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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    Patience :pop 2x posts above :thumbsup
     
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  5. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Chirping

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    Day 21, no wiggling, no peeping, i’m getting kind of anxious
     
  6. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

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    Have you candled them today?
     
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    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

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  8. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Chirping

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    No, I don’t want to mess something up, I did the float test today 100 degree, still positive, so there is hope! I read that even if the temp is a couple degrees off it could take 48 more hours. I’m not as worried, but still sitting on my hands
     
  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    What is the float test you are doing?
    Candling is probably safer.
     
  10. MotherHen75

    MotherHen75 Chirping

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    You place the egg in warm water, if over half of it is above the water, it’s probably dead, if it sinks, it’s definitely dead, if it’s a low float, it’s good. You just have to make sure there’s no cracks in the egg or else you might drown it.
     
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