Embryo Vigor

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by MaransGuy, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. MaransGuy

    MaransGuy Songster

    Oct 25, 2007
    Greenfield, MA
    Just though I would pass on an interesting happening. I have had company here for the last 10 days from all over the place. One result was that I was not collectings eggs regularly, including those from my sebright breedeing cage. I would set the egg on top of the cage every other day, feed and water the birds, and then leave. We have also had record heat and humidity here with daytime highs between 95-100 and lows in the 70's for about 4 days. The heat finally broke a few days ago and our temps went back to highs in the 80's and the low temps were anywhere from 49-55. Two days ago I decided to throw the sebright eggs that had been setting on top of their cage for the last 8-9 days into the incubator just for the heck of it. I candled yesterday (24 hours later) and amazingly the eggs had about 3-4 days worth of development going on inside. I figured that the temps had been warm enough for a few days to start the development but the temps fluctuated A LOT up and down from day to night and still the little buggers kept going. Obviously, they did not have any problem with lows around 50 and highs around 85 for about 4 days!

  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    I was talking to Dave Holderread about this same thing. He was telling me how he had experience with eggs very similar to this situation.
  3. This proves why I still have viable chicks in my bator eggs with the swings in temp!
  4. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

    Oct 15, 2007
    Elyria, OH
    [​IMG] That means there's still hope for mine!!!! Thanks for passing that on!!
  5. dbrberry

    dbrberry In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2008
    am glad to hear that story. my temps had been like a yo-yo. i candled for the first time and out of 12 i know 4 are good. some i'm not for sure about and some clear. but as long as i can get 1 to hatch i'm happy.
  6. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Songster

    Jan 15, 2007
    West Tn
    I think they are alot tougher than we give them credit. Good luck on your hatch.
  7. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    Same here, my 3 embryos are still going strong, even though I had crazy swings! [​IMG] They are a lot tougher than we give them credit for, I think.
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    Wow! Even with Seabright eggs! Very nice! Keep us updated on their progress.

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