Extra large "air sac"?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by keyt1969, Apr 25, 2011.

  1. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a few eggs that the actual hatch date is unknown. Long story there. Anyway, I candled one and the air sac looks huge, like almost half of the egg. Yet I can see what appears to be a developed (yet not moving) chick. It was moving last week. Does that sound like a dead chick? Any ideas?
     
  2. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Sounds like your humidity is to low [​IMG]

    Your chick probably is not dead, though.

    Look at this picture.

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2011
  3. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I don't know how it can be too low. I had water in the bottom of the incubator the whole time, then since I couldn't add water during lockdown, I added a small butter bowl full of water. So if the air sac takes up the top and some of the side of the egg yet there's no movement it might still be ok? [​IMG]
     
  4. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Yes, it still has a chance.

    Being your still in lockdown, I'm guessing the egg is very dark and hard to

    see any detail. It may be moving and you just can't see it [​IMG]
     
  5. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    That makes sense. It's a bantam egg and when I candled it yesterday the air sac was huge and the chick looked like it was taking up the other half, maybe a little more. It looks like the veining is still there though. They were all moving like crazy til last week.

    Thanks for your help! [​IMG]
     
  6. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Loosely wad up a bunch of paper towels and wet them with hot water and put them in- that will raise your humidity. It will increase your chances of them hatching properly.
     
  7. keyt1969

    keyt1969 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Wow ok thanks!
     
  8. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
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    Just don't let the paper towels touch the egg
     
  9. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

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    Quote:Why not? I hatch on a wet paper towel every time.
     
  10. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
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    Quote:Why not? I hatch on a wet paper towel every time.

    With it touching the egg? Do you dry incubate in a dry climate?
     

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