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first hatch - leaking egg?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by newhobbie, Dec 12, 2015.

  1. newhobbie

    newhobbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello! This is my first time incubating eggs. I'm on day 2 and this morning I noticed something on the top (fat end) of one of my eggs. This particular egg had a very damaged air cell. It was in 10/15 bubbles and free floating around the egg when I candled it. I had these eggs shipped. There were no cracks in the egg and the shell seemed to be in good shape except for a bump on the small end of the egg. I've included a photo of the wet area. Do I need to just toss this egg? I don't want to throw out a viable egg but I also don't want it exploding in my incubator either. Again this is only day 2. [​IMG]

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  2. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    Some times an egg will sweat if it goes from being cold to warm. I have not ever hatched an egg that had bubbles when candled, but I have had easier access to eggs and can be pickier. We will wait for more advice.[​IMG]

    Also candle again for cracks.
     
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  3. newhobbie

    newhobbie Out Of The Brooder

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    2nd candle revealed no cracks. Air cell is still in several bubbles free floating in egg :( I allowed eggs to sit for 12 hours before putting in incubator. Yellowish substance started seeping sometime last night. They had been in about 36 hours when it started.
     
  4. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    I worry that one might explode. I would not try and hatch the bubbly one. (I have seen that before and tried to hatch it, mine was not fertile.) your call, (cull) but maybe put it in incubator so it will not wreck the rest. Good luck!
     
  5. RoxysAnimals

    RoxysAnimals Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It won't hatch. When the eggs were shipped and jostled around, the air cell broke free. That means it won't hatch, as there aren't any sufficient source of air and it will kill the embryo if there is one. The crack will just seep fluid, you can repair the crack, but at this point, there isn't any hope for the egg.
     
  6. newhobbie

    newhobbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Checked egg again this morning. No new seepage, no cracks, but air cell is still detached. It's now only 4 or 5 bubbles, so it has condensed, but it's still free floating in egg. If a detached air cell means the egg won't make it, regardless of the seepage, then I'm going to take it out. No sense taking a chance on a possible bomb if there's no hope for a chick anyway.
     
  7. gimmie birdies

    gimmie birdies Overrun With Chickens

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    people say if you put it in an egg carton with bottom cut out large end up it should be okay. what is bad about free floating air cell is it can bust up, or scramble the developing chick
     

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