eggtopsy - what stage of development in these overdue unhatched eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by igotchickens, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So I incubated 120 quail eggs, same temp and humidity that has always given me a 60-70% hatch rate. Only 4 hatched. I opened the rest of the eggs and would like to know what what I found means!!

    A)-3 nasty black runny gross stinkiness (I'm guessing they were rotten from the get-go?)
    B)-1 seemingly developed chick, seemed full size, except some organs(?) on the outside of tummy
    C)-3 almost developed chicks, smaller than the hatched ones and mostly developed one, but much softer I guess you could say, and definitely not fully developed.
    D)-about 20 or so completely hard dried up yolks with mostly air in the egg, no apparent fetus.
    E)-about 70 super runny/watery perfectly yellow yolks, no apparent fetus
    F)-about 5 runniness with a hardish yolk but not rock solid, no apparent fetus
    G)-about 15 runniness with a littly teeny tiny blob thing possibly fetus? One of the little pink things was a little bigger with I think what would have become an eye.

    H) Note: I live in San Diego and that blackout you may have seen on the news cause our power to be out for 7 hours and the temp dropped to 83 at the lowest, humidity was fine. That was on day 12, about 4 days before our normal hatch day. What would normally developing chicks have looked like if they punked out because of that?

    Thanks all! I figured I'd get more response here than in the quail forum, and that the same guidelines probably apply for development anyway. Please bear in mind that quails hatch in around 17 days vs. 21
     
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  2. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A- Yuck, yeah i tend to agree
    B- small intestines usually absorb about day 14/15 I believe (chickens, I don't know quail).....so younger than that
    C-later than 15 days? Just a guess
    D-early death
    E-early death or not fertile to begin with
    F-early death
    G-any sign of veining? early death a couple of days?

    Sorry I only know chickens
     
  3. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:on D and E, how early of a death are we talking here? I forgot to specify that there was apparently no fetus in there at all, just very runny, watery liquid. Thanks for the help!
     
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Day 1 or not fertile at all, is my guess.
     
  5. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After a day or 2 fertile eggs that die usually get that blood ring....the inside is kinda peachy or pink when opened. Sometimes you can actually see a brighter ring around a peachy mess.
     
  6. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Try searching eggtopsy, you can probably find pics somewhere.
     
  7. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    cool thank you!
     
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    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What were your temperature and humidity? Were these your own eggs or shipped?

    It sounds like quite a lot of infertiles or very early deaths. I suspect either a catasrophic early incubation event or question the viability of the eggs set.

    Pete [​IMG]
     
  10. igotchickens

    igotchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:The temp and humidity were 100.2 and 45% until lockdown (raised to 65% after). I know some consider that temp to be a little high but we can't get it to 99.5 and my hatches have always been around 65-75% success rate. As far as catastrophic event, yes we did have that blackout but it was on day 11 and I would expect to see actual beings in there, not just runny watery yellow yolks? There was a point around the first few days when we woke up and the humidity was around 20%. That had happened in other incubations though and I didn't think that would have anything to do with it. Temp was consistent throughout besides the power outage on day 11.

    The eggs were from someone local. 50 of the eggs were from the previous 3 days and the rest she told me she gave me for free because they were from any point in the previous week or two. So I marked the fresher ones with an X and of those, 2 hatched, 2 were from the older eggs.
     
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