Discarding non fertilized eggs from incubator

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by luvemal, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. luvemal

    luvemal Out Of The Brooder

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    Is it imperative to remove non-fertilized eggs from incub? I was thinking of not candling the eggs to avoid violating the integrity
    of the incubator - avoiding to remove the top for fear of changing the temperature/humidity. Today is day 8 after setting.
    I was going to candle the eggs tomorrow morning Nov.15th...

    What say all experience incubatorists ??

    Thank you
     
  2. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Candling the eggs does no harm as long as you do it gently with clean hands...

    No harm should come from temporarily opening the incubator either and allowing the temps to temporarily drop and humidity to change...

    In general no harm will come from leaving the clears in there the entire incubation period, but on rare occasions you can have an egg-plotion and it's not pretty and will require an immediate complete cleaning/sterilizing of the incubator or you risk contaminating the other good eggs...
     
  3. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Any non-viable egg creates the risk of much greater violation of the integrity of your incubation than that posed by the time spent candling and removing the duds.
     
  4. lazy gardener

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    I agree with OGM. Besides, candling will give you vital information. Most importantly, it will tell you if your air cells are on track for being the right size, and it will tell you if your chicks are also on track developmentally. Any clear or dead eggs should be removed. If you've ever had a stinker or an egg explode, you'll never want to experience that again. All the more reason to candle. Mama broody hops off the nest every day, often for 1/2 hour or more, so opening the bator to candle those eggs is a non event in the course of 21 days of incubation IMO.
     
  5. luvemal

    luvemal Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you Meep Beep and Ol Grey Mare,

    I don't know how long it will take to candle 119 quail eggs but I hope the cold air and humidity change won't harm the eggs.
    I will do it as fast as I can.
    Thanks again.
    Luvemal
     
  6. luvemal

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    lazy gardener, thanks for bringing the "smell" to my attention. This morning I smelled something afoul, hopefully all is OK but like I posted, I will start candling tomorrow morning. This is my first time incubating and feel like an expectant father.
    Also, I feel more confidant since you mentioned the hens often leave the eggs for 1/2 hour or so. I don't think I should take any longer than that to candle 119 Quail eggs
    Thanks.
    Luvemal
     
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps


    You don't have to candle all at the same time, and/or you can take out batches and replace the lid to retain heat while you do that batch...
     
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  8. luvemal

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    EXCELLENT IDEA! I will use the insulative foam when the eggs were shipped to me, drop them into the holes and candle them with that. Yippee another good idea.
     
  9. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are Button or Coturnix i wouldn't even bother, they are almost impossible to candle.
     
  10. luvemal

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    You are most likely correct as I have read other posts supporting what you said however MeepBeep and OlGrayMare made important comments on the previous postings on this thread. I think it is important enough to try.
    Thanks
     

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