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Does anyone float their eggs to see if they are fertile?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by smallbluejellybean, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. smallbluejellybean

    smallbluejellybean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know it kinda works, because I have done it with my canary eggs.
    I have a heap of button quail eggs in my incubator that I just can't candle and I was wondering does it work with those eggs too.
    Some of the older eggs have passed their due day by 4 days now. I floated all of them and more than half sunk [​IMG]
    Has anyone ever floated button eggs and how long should I wait to see if any of them hatch?
    My canary eggs would often go over due because I have a home made still air incubator with no thermostat.
     
  2. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I wouldn't think this is a good test for fertility, as all aging eggs should float due to the increase in air sac size from the egg getting old. I know someone who breeds button quail and I think I remember him saying they are hard to candle too and he just leaves them in and hopes for the best. Good luck.
     
  3. smallbluejellybean

    smallbluejellybean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Hinkjc,
    Your friend is so correct about the candling. I even kept the eggs in there that I thought weren't going to do anything and when I floated them a couple started dancing in the bowl of water.
    Button eggs must be the hardest dam things ever to work with.
    I have hatched many different species in the past and could tell almost within 5 days if the egg was going to make it to hatch.
    And now I have a heap more eggs waiting to use the incubator, so trying to figure out what goes and what stays.
    Thanks for you reply and have a nice new years.

    P.S. got one of the almost toss outs pipping now. Those crazy button eggs!
     
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009

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