Detached air cell pics?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by secuono, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
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    So I hear about detached air cells in shipped eggs, but never seen any pics showing what on earth they are talking about. Anyone have a picture?
     
  2. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Im afaid not but have had them [​IMG]

    On candling the liquid contents of the eggs can freely 'swish' into the air cell when the eggs are tilted/moved. As the air cell membrane has ruptured fluid can mix with the air cell when moved on candling. In severe cases there can be bubbles within the egg which have escaped from the air cell.

    Hope that helps

    Pete
     
  3. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about when you see the air cell move as you rotate the egg? Not liquid penetrating the air cell... That would be detached as well, right?
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Yep, Steve, that's right.....
     
  5. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The air cell provides a seal between the egg contents and the air sac. It should not move about!

    Pete
     
  6. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] Bummer... I knew as much... One of my Barnies is detached - good thing I have 9 more [​IMG] I'm still going to give it a shot though. It doesn't always mean it won't hatch.
     
  7. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Virginia
    Oh, thanks!
     
  8. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you suspect detached air cells then..................

    Incubate vertically for at least the first 10 days then the embryo's own membranes will grow to create a new seal [​IMG]

    Suceeded using this method in hatching 5 out of 9 with detached air sacs.

    Good luck - Pete [​IMG]
     
  9. enggass

    enggass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you mean not to rotate? Or still rotate, but have the egg on end when set in turner...?
     

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