detached/misplaced air cell what to do?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by jjtrucker, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. jjtrucker

    jjtrucker Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 23, 2014
    I had some silkie eggs shipped to me and I have noticed that quite a few of them have the air cell just floating around freely like a jiggly bubble. These eggs have been incubating for 3 almost 4 days. I just now read that if the air cell is not right then you are supposed to leave the egg sitting upright during incubation and turn at a 45 degree angle and stop turning early at day 16. My eggs have been laying flat in the incubator. Will they be ok what should I do? How will I know if the chick needs help hatching due to the air cell not being placed right?
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    This is an excellent article and it includes a section on hatching shipped eggs

    You could put them in cut down egg cartons now to give them a better chance and to keep them upright. I incubate with them set upright and then at lockdown I hatch in cut down egg cartons.
    With shipped eggs there could be more chance of them pipping the wrong end of the egg though.

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