Do you do Eggtopsys?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by Rainwolf, Dec 25, 2010.

  1. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I know I know its not a real word [​IMG]
    What I mean by eggtopsy is a autopsy of the eggs that do not hatch and show no signs of life.

    But do you crack open eggs that don't hatch?

    I'm starting to think I'm one of the few that does.
    I track how many were not fertile, died at week 1, died at week 2, full formed but never hatched, deformed, shrink wrapped, etc etc

    Am I the odd ball that keeps stats on all this?

    edited to define what I mean by eggtopsy
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2010
  2. BlueBirdChick

    BlueBirdChick On Vacation

    Aug 13, 2010
    Absarokee, Montana
    nahhh I just did four on my blue cochin eggs [​IMG] nahh its not oddball you just want to find out what happened. I had two that shrink wrapped one that stopped growing and one just died on me. I have one remaining and hopefully it will survive the night and hatch [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    .... not after the explosion, no.
  4. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    Quote:[​IMG] that sounds like a story [​IMG]

    I have yet to have one "explode" on me but I do all my eggtopsy outside over the yard waste bin so that in case it pops its not inside and stinking my house up.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    No. I prefer to continue to think of the unhatched eggs as merely eggs. Not something that could have lived, had I done something better, more right, different, or stuck my tongue into my cheek just the right way at just the right time. It would make me too sad.

    I am absolutely thrilled if ANY eggs hatch, and really jazzed if two or more make it.
  6. PoultryPeeps

    PoultryPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2009
    Wasilla, Alaska
    I am also an eggtopsyer (sp). I want to know. I think it would be better if I could just resist doing it, but I want to know. I do it at my kitchen sink, then I can just put them down the disposal. I haven't had one explode yet, or maybe I wouldn't do it that way. Most are not evey smelly. I just candled tonight and had to take 14 out of the bator. It kills me when I've spent all that money for eggs. Oh well.
    Merry Christmas! anyway [​IMG]
  7. lightfoot

    lightfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    NW minnesota
    i use one gallon ziplock freezer bags. [​IMG]
  8. Rainwolf

    Rainwolf De La Menagerie

    Aug 4, 2010
    Seattle, WA
    My Coop
    I mainly do this to keep stats and find out if my humidity/temp was a issue

    I have to keep step by step instructions just in case I am away (work long hrs) so checking them after allows me to find out if I need to change anything since I try and make the instruction sheet idiot proof.

    It also allows me to gain accurate fertility rates of the eggs whether they are mine or shipped to me.

    Its sad to see the failure but I figure they are teaching me to be better at hatching.
  9. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    I am going to be one of those eggtopsyers. If my Christmas babies don't hatch in three days I am going to see what was in them.
  10. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I crack them open and take a look, but I dont record it or anything. Its just for learning purposes, like what the embroy looks like at certain stages. I also try and guess when it died, and why.

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