Development question, please help.

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rocky Top Chick, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My eggs are scheduled for lockdown on Wednesday, however I think they may be falling a little behind on development. When I candeled them last night you could see that a chick was inside, however, there is still quite a bit of space at the bottom of the egg. The air pocket looks great, but as I stated still some space at the bottom. Is this normal or are they slow? There was movement of something so I believe they are alive. Can anyone help me?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    They sound good to me.
     
  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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  4. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yes I have, but they seem fuller than mine.
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    This is one of the reasons I so seldom candle ANY of my incubating eggs. I figure if they don't stink, they can go to lockdown. I also wait until day 25 before I give up on eggs. I don't like worrying about how much development I do or do not see.

    Sometimes I candle, and remove totally clear eggs at lockdown. Or blood rings. But most of the time, I only candle enough eggs to see ANY development, then I stop, satisfied SOMETHING is growing. If I don't see any on Day 12' the first time I'll even try to candle, as I go through eggs, I will give up at the 4th egg and just put 'em all back into the 'bator and just forge forward. I don't want to be disappointed more than once.
     
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  6. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think from this point forward I am only going to candle a couple of times myself. This can make a sane person crazy !!!!!
     
  7. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

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    Quote:Very true! I have only hatched once and I kept reading about other people seeing chicks moving around in the eggs, veining etc. I think I might have seen veining in some of the lighter brown eggs but nothing in my green eggs. Never saw any movement so I drove myself crazy thinking that I had a bator full of duds. Actually, definitely at day 18 you can tell the difference between a non-starter and one that at least started developing. The only eggs that didn't go into lockdown were the definite "clears" and even then I wound up with one in lockdown that never even started. Just don't want to take a chance on culling an egg that is growing just fine. I agree with Linda, better to be safe and let them go into lockdown than sorry! Good luck on your hatch!
     
  8. Pascal PicklePants

    Pascal PicklePants Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, I like the sound of that too. I have a natural tenancy to overcomplicate things, so working a "simple plan" seems the most reasonable. If the egg is full of chicken at day 18 in it stays. If, on day 18, it is clear and/or stinks.........Adios. Even that is more complex than what a broody would do......Unless somebody has Broody with thumbs and a flashlight [​IMG]
     
  9. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What kind of lights are some of you using? I have an ultra-bright LED handheld one and I never have a problem judging eggs and I'm totally new at it. I love doing it and probably do it too much because I just love seeing the little duck feet kick or the chicken beaks start pushing against the air cell. I've had to be a good girl and not do it at all this clutch, because I love seeing the development so much.

    It must be the light or something.

    And the eggs sound on track to me. [​IMG]
     
  10. Rocky Top Chick

    Rocky Top Chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I also use a LED small flashlight, but I guess I don't really know what to look for. Although I must say that I am getting better. I only began with six eggs, two were not fertile, and 2 quit. I did open those eggs and saw what appeared to be little sea horses so I am learning tons. Only have two left and they are white eggs so it has been easier to see inside.

    Thanks,
    D.
     

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