Fertile, developing, scrambled, or dud? Chicken, quail & turkey eggs!

Cedar Creek Farm Lady

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What day of development are these eggs on? I see some with definite life, like #1C and #2C, but the others might just not be far enough along to see much yet, depending on the day of incubation.
The "C's" are on day #10, so they're definitely got it going on. They are 21 dayers.
The "T's" are on day #7, I'm thinking that it's safe to toss those without air cells. What do y'all think on that, since they're 28 dayers?
The others (coturnix quail) are on anywhere from day #2 to day #7. It looks like some are showing obvious development while others that should be are clear still. My quail hens & roos are only 7 weeks old so they're still getting a hang of breeding.
 

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Fertile Eggs: C#1-C#2, T#8-T#5, CQ#3
CQ is short for Coturnix Quail.
You not think T#1 is developing?
Some of the CQ are really hard to tell or not, with all those crazy spots on them tiny eggs! I'll candle them again at lockdown, it should be more obvious then on the CQ eggs.
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Cedar Creek Farm Lady

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This one might have development, but I just can't tell. I think your idea to candle again at lockdown is a good one.
I took several CQ eggs out of the incubator today, cracked them open to check their fertility, they were pretty little duds. Looks like my "Silver" CQ is doing his job, it's exciting to see your own eggs in the bator!:pop
Also I'm hoping at least 2 T's hatch.:fl
Looks like I might have a few CQ & a couple chooks & gobblers hatch, maybe, hopefully.
 

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I have heard that a marker can cause ink to leach through to the embryo. I have been using a marker too, but I'm going to try using something else, like a pencil. Just be careful not to write too much information on the egg because it makes candling a lot more difficult to read. As long as you mark a letter for breed & a number
 

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I have heard that a marker can cause ink to leach through to the embryo. I have been using a marker too, but I'm going to try using something else, like a pencil. Just be careful not to write too much information on the egg because it makes candling a lot more difficult to read. As long as you mark a letter for breed & a number
:oldI know that's right!!!
:barnieIt's hard enough to see through those quail eggs without any writing on them!
:idunnoMaybe a wax pencil would work better?
Anybody have a suggestion for a substitute instead of my sharpie?:pop
 

NatJ

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It's hard enough to see through those quail eggs without any writing on them!
:idunnoMaybe a wax pencil would work better?
Anybody have a suggestion for a substitute instead of my sharpie?
What about a normal pencil? It won't be as easy to see as your sharpie, but it would be pretty quick to grab an egg and test whether it shows up well enough.

Or maybe a crayon--all the ones I've seen are labeled non-toxic, because kids might eat them, so they're probably safe to put on the outside of an eggshell too.
 

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